Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has stated that the All Progressives Congress, APC, will not partake in the court-ordered Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency re-run election, owing to the verdict of the Court of Appeal which barred the party from participation.

It would be recalled that the Commission conducted a bye-election in Magama /Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State on 14th March 2020 and returned Kasimu Danjuma of APC as duly elected.

However, the Court of Appeal on November 17th, 2020, affirmed the nullification of the return of Kasimu Danjuma of the APC, as a member representing Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State.

In a statement issued by Barrister Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, recently, he stated that on 21st September 2020, the Election Petitions Tribunal disqualified the said Kasimu Danjuma of APC and nullified his election. And on 17th November 2020, the Court of Appeal affirmed the disqualification and nullification of the said election and ordered the Commission to conduct a re-run election within 90 days from the date of the judgment.

According to him; “It is important to note that the disqualification and nullification of the election were based on the ground that the candidate submitted forged documents to the Commission and had nothing to do with any infraction on the part of the Commission.”

Following the Appeal Court’s judgment, Barrister Okoye said the Court-ordered re-run election into Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State will take place on Saturday, 6th February 2021. And that only duly nominated and qualified candidates of African Democratic Congress, ADC, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are eligible to participate in the election.

Saying; “Fresh nomination of candidates is not allowed in a court-ordered re-run election.

“That Kasimu Danjuma and the APC will not participate in the election, the candidate having been disqualified and the election nullified by the Court.”

He posited that the Commission will give the statutory notice of election on 11th January 2021, while the Political Parties will submit the list of their party agents on 29th January 2021. And that the last day for campaigns is 4th February 2021, while the election will take place on 6th February 2021.

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