Supreme Court sacks Kebbi Governor

Usman Dakingari

The Supreme Court has just ruled, removing Kebbi State Governor, Usman Dakingari, from office.

The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh governorship election in the state within 90 days.

The judgment followed a petition filed against Mr. Dakingari’s victory by his Congress for Progressive Change’s challenger  in the 2011 election.

By the judgment, the apex court upheld the judgment of the Kebbi State Elections Petitions which had nullified the governor’s election. The Court of Appeal had however upturned that verdict.

Justice Walter Onnoghen, who delivered the lead judgement, set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeal, saying the court erred in law when it deferred the reason for its judgement to outside the 60-day period allowed by the constitution.

With Mr. Dakingari’s removal, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly will step in as acting governor untill a new helsman is elected for the state.   

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