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General News of Friday, 10 March 2023


Supreme Court affirms Hanga as NNPP senatorial candidate for Kano Central

Ibrahim Shekarau and Rufa'i Hanga Ibrahim Shekarau and Rufa'i Hanga

The Supreme Court has affirmed the nomination of Senator Rufa’i Hanga as the candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the February 25 National Assembly election.

A five-member panel of the apex court, led by Justice Inyang Okoro, in a unanimous judgment on Friday, faulted the refusal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to replace Senator Ibrahim Shekarau with Hanga after Shekarau left the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the election.

Justice Emmanuel Agim, who read the lead judgment, written by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji, that held that the appeal by INEC and proceeded to dismiss it.

The court affirmed the two earlier concurrent judgments by the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal, both in Abuja, in which it was held that Hanga was the candidate of NNPP for the election.