- Orders refund of all salaries, allowances collected so far
The Supreme Court has ordered the Senator representing Taraba North Senatorial District, Sani Abubakar Danladi to vacate his seat immediately and refund all salaries and allowances he received within 90 days.
Also, the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision delivered by Walter Onnoghen (CJN) in an appeal filed by Hon. (Mrs.) Dorothy Mato, against Hon. Herman Iorwase Hembe, sacked the sitting member of House of Representatives representing Vandeikya/Konshisha Federal Constituency of Benue State while asking him to vacate his seat immediately and refund all salaries and allowances he received within 90 days.
The court also declared Shuaibu Lau, as the Senator representing Taraba North.
The order was contained in the judgment of the court on the appeal filed by Shuaibu Lau challenging the decision of the court of appeal that had upturned his victory during the primary that he was wrongfully substituted.
The Apex court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to issue a fresh certificate of return to Lau.
The apex court in the unanimous decision of a five member panel held that the “the appellant has the right to participate just like any other candidate in the primary and if he feels his right was infringed upon, he has the right to approach the court.
And His substitution at the primary election is null and void since the appellant scored the highest number of votes; the only option is to declare the appellant as the winner of primary.
Also, in the appeal against Hembe, the Supreme Court set aside the concurrent decisions of the two lower courts and ordered that the appellant be sworn in immediately as a member of House of Reps.
It further ordered that the first respondent, Hembe, should also refund to the Federal Government all the salaries he has received as a member of House of Representative.