FCT election: Aduda vows to challenge Kingibe’s victory in court


By Olugbenga Salami

Senate Minority Leader and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP senatorial candidate in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT for the 2023 National Assembly election, Senator Philip Aduda on Thursday vowed to challenge the result of the election which produced the winner, Ireti Kingibe of the Labour Party, LP in court.

Speaking to journalists at the National Assembly in Abuja, he explained that his plan of litigating against result of the election arose from the fact that result was announced when collations at the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, were yet to be completed and even with utter disregard to results cancelled in other polling units across the 62 wards in the six Area Councils.

He said: “The election as guided by the extant laws used by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, supposed to have been declared inconclusive.

“Pointedly in substantial numbers of the polling units, there was over voting which led to cancellation of results that were supposed to have been revisited by INEC through rescheduled election but from nowhere, we had those results declared. We are going to challenge it.”

On capacity and service delivery to FCT residents over the years, aSenator Aduda said: “Within my twelve years in the Senate and eight years in the House of Representatives, a lot of development-driven projects have been facilitated by me across the 62 wards and six Area Councils, many of which are still ongoing.”

“I believe it is the person declared as the winner of the election that has no capacity because if she has the capacity, Google will show her what I have done.

‘It will show you that I led a protest to this place. On the floor of the Senate I had to discuss this issue of Naira redesign and other motions on issues of urgent national importance.

“We have a road we are constructing in Kubwa, over N1 billion, another one in Nyanya, over 1 Billion, we have the ones we are doing in Bwari, if I don’t have the capacity and cannot represent the people I don’t think I can attract those projects to the various communities or Area Councils. I am not talking of Gwagwalada or Kwali or Kuje, I am only talking about the urban center, the environment here.

“These are aside very important bills sponsored by me, passed by the National Assembly and assented to, by President Muhammadu Buhari like the one on the Federal College of Education Zuba that has been there for over 17 years without graduation until we passed that bill”, he added.