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Hassan Saleh drags Madlion to Supreme Court, says 'I remain lawmaker'

Written By Idoma Television on Monday, February 15, 2016 | 1:25:00 AM


A House of Representatives member, Hon. Hassan Anthony Saleh has asked the Supreme Court for an order setting aside the judgment of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal delivered on Monday, which invalidated his election.

Saleh who is representing Ado, Okpokwu and Ogbadibo federal constituency of Benue State in the House of Representatives claimed that the appeal court judgment of February 8, 2016 that upturned his election as a Reps member was full of errors and was wrong in its entirety.

In the notice of appeal filed by his counsel, Dr. Alex Izinyon (SAN), the Benue lawmaker predicated his appeal on five grounds for consideration of the apex court to uphold his election.

The Court of Appeal had, in the judgment delivered by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan dismissed the allegation of forgery of diploma certificate levelled against one, Christian Adabah Abah upon which he (Abah) was barred from being inaugurated as a member of the House of Representatives.

The Appeal Court also voided the judgment of a Federal High court in Abuja which ordered Saleh's inauguration into the House, following Abah's disqualification on account of his improper nomination by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lack of eligibility.
Dis-satisfied with the decision, Saleh is asking the apex court to reject the findings of the appellate court and allow his nomination and election to stay.

In his grounds of Appeal, Saleh averred that the court of appeal erred in law with its conclusion that the judgment of a federal high court which disqualified his opponent on account of forgery of certificates was wrong because of the failure to prove the forgery beyond reasonable doubt.

He also contended that the Appeal Court erred when it held that section 66(1) of the 1999 constitution and section 31 of the Electoral Act 2010 cannot be used against a person who has not been convicted on forgery by a competent court of criminal jurisdiction.

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