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Court refuses to reopen sacked Senator Aidoko case

Andrew Orolua, Abuja

A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out a suit seeking to reopen the case of  Senator Attai Aidoko (Kogi East) almost a year after the Supreme Court had  sacked him from the National Assembly. In a short judgment, Justice Anwuli Chikere held that based on the principles of stare decisis, (the hierarchy of courts) it would amount to judicial rascality to sit on a matter which had been decided by the Supreme Court. Consequently, Justice Chikere struck out the suit without cost and reaffirmed the decision of her brother judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole of same Federal High Court, Abuja, who early last year after a retrial of the 2015 election dispute sacked Senator Aidoko from the Senate and ordered the clerk of the National Assembly to swear in the plaintiff, Air Marshal Isaac Alfa (rtd) who won the election. Senator Aidoko instead of complying with the Court Order  had appealed the decision, but the Court of Appeal Abuja division dismissed his appeal and ordered him to refund all the salaries and allowances he had collected in the last three and half years. Recall that the Federal High Court in Abuja had in 2018 sacked the Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District , Attai Aidoko of the Peoples Democratic Party and ruled that Air Marshal Isaac Alfa was the rightful candidate of the PDP in the March 28 , 2018 election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission. The judge , in his judgment , ordered INEC to immediately withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Aidoko in 2015 and also ordered the Clerk of the National Assembly to immediately withdraw the recognition and privileges being accorded Aidoko as a senator.

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