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Court sacks Kogi Senator, fines PDP

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the immediate removal of Senator Atai Aidoko, as the member representing Kogi East in the National Assembly.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole on Wednesday ruled that Mr Aidoko was wrongly presented as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the December 2014 Primaries conducted by the party.

Following the presentation of Mr Aidoko as the party’s flag bearer,

Mr Aidoko’s challenger, Isaac Alfa, had gone to court to seek the nullification of Mr Aidoko’s election immediately after he was presented as the party’s flag bearer.

An appeal court had ordered parties to return to the trial court to allow it determine the rightful owner of the suit, thus rendering the seat vacant.

However, Mr Aidoko did not vacate the office and has appeared repeatedly at Senate plenaries since then.

On Wednesday, the court ordered the PDP and Mr Aidoko to pay Mr Alfa N750,000 each.

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