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Mad Lion Vs Saleh: Dogara's dilemma over 'two friends' claiming Benue rep seat

Written By Idoma Television on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 7:34:00 AM

Analysis

Rep Hassan Saleh and Adabah Abah Christian, all of the PDP, are still locked in legal battle over the Ado/Obadigbo/Okpokwu federal constituency of Benue State one year after the elections. Our correspondent, Ibrahim Kabiru Sule, looks at the issue in the litigation.

More than two months since the Appeal Court ruled in favour of Adabah Abah Christian, the incumbent member from the constituency, Hassan Saleh, is still in office.

More confusing in the whole saga is the position of the National Assembly website, which recognises Adabah Abah as the representative of the constituency, with his name and bio-data reflected on the website by Daily Trust.

Still, the same website that has been replete with mistakes and errors accommodates Hassan Saleh somewhere. The website says Hassan Saleh, with his bold picture and bio-data, is presently representing Eti-Osa federal constituency of Lagos.

This is even as the Lagos constituency has a duly elected member, in person of Akinloye Hazeez Babajide of APC. His own picture and bio-data, too, is reflected for same constituency on the website.
The struggle between Abah and Saleh for the House of Representatives seat had its roots at the Independent National Electoral Election (INEC) in January, 2015, months before the general polls in the country.

Daily Trust exclusively reported at the time that INEC had ordered for the declaration of the PDP's sole candidate for Ado/Obadigbo/Okpokwu federal constituency, Adabah Abah as winner of the election for being the sole candidate.

In other words, as the candidate of the PDP for the seat, there was no other candidate(s) from other parties that contested for the seat, and therefore, was returned elected by INEC.

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