National and State House of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal holding in Jos, the Plateau State capital, yesterday blacklisted the lawmaker representing Langtang South in the state House of Assembly, Mr. Vincent Bulus, been banned for five years from contesting future elections.
It would be recalled that Bulus won the election under the Peoples Democratic Party.
The tribunal also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh election for the seat within 90 days.
The judgment was sequel to a petition filed by the All Progressives Congress candidate in the April 11 governorship and state Houses of Assembly election, Mr. Jackson Danladi.
Danladi had petitioned the tribunal alleging that the lawmaker was not fit to vie for the election as he was an ex-convict.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice O. O. Akeredolu in her judgment said the respondent was not qualified to contest the election, having been convicted of an offence in line with Section 107(1)(d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The chairman said, “The respondent, having been convicted of an offence involving fraud and dishonesty by a court of law, was not qualified to contest the election into the Plateau State House of Assembly to represent Langtang South constituency.
“That the election and return of the first respondent as member of Plateau State House of Assembly to represent Langtang South is nullified.”]
However, the tribunal while observing that the petitioners scored the second highest number of votes, held that the only order it could give was for a fresh election to be conducted into the constituency.
Also, the tribunal upheld the election of the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Peter Azi of the APC and struck out the petition filed by Mr. Peter Choji of the PDP, which sought to nullify the speaker’s election as member representing Jos Nortwest in the state House of Assembly.


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