NEC withdraws Certificate of Return from Buhari’s ally, gives to Dambazau
ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission,
INEC, has issued a Certificate of Return to Mohammed
Shamsuddeen Dambazau as Member-elect for Sumaila/
Takai Federal Constituency of Kano State.
A voter uses a smartphone to photograph his
details on a voters’ list displayed at the
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
central office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on
March 8, 2019. – Nigerian voters will go to the polls
on March 9 to elect governors and lawmakers in 29
of the nation’s 36 states two weeks after
presidential and national assembly elections in
which Buhari was elected for a second term. (Photo
INEC had withdrawn the certificate it earlier issued to
Abdulrahman Sulaiman Kawu Sumaila who was adjudged to
be the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress APC, in
But Dambazau, son of the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman
Bello Dambazau, sued INEC, APC and Sumaila, challenging
the recognition of Sumaila as the APC House of
Representatives candidate for Sumaila/Takai federal
He contended that Sumaila never participated in the House
of Representatives primary election of the APC in the
And on April 18, the Federal High Court, sitting in Kano,
disqualified Sumaila – a former Senior Special Assistant to
President Muhammadu Buhari on House of Representatives
Matters- as the duly elected Member of the House of
Representatives on the platform of the APC in the February
23, 2019, general elections.
The court also ordered INEC to recognize Dambazau as the
duly elected House of Representatives member, representing
Sumaila/Takai federal constituency.
Ogun Guber: APM Kicks Against Disbandment Of Panel
Issuing the Certificate of Return in Abuja, INEC National
Commissioner, Amina Zakari said the issuance of the
certificate was based on the order of the court which the
“INEC is a law abiding organization and respects the rule of
law, hence the issuance of the certificate to Alhaji
Muhammed Shamsuddeen,” said Amina Zakari.
And they are not even giving us any information. This is not very good. The admins should keep us informed please.