The Court of Appeal in Abuja has declared the election of Senator Attai Aidoko null and void, even as it declared Kogi East Senatorial seat vacant.
A three-man panel of Justices of the appellate court led by Justice Abdu Aboki, declared the Certificate of Return the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, issued to the lawmaker as invalid.
The court held that Aidoko was not the validly nominated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Kogi East Senatorial poll and ordered Aidoko to stop parading himself as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as his seat has been declared vacant.
The appellate court further ordered the sacked lawmaker to pay N1million to Isaac Alfa, who it held was the lawfully nominated candidate of the PDP in the election.
It could be recalled that Alfa who is a former Chief of Air Staff emerged winner of re-run primaries PDP conducted for senatorial district, however the party substituted his name with that of Aidoko who came second in the primary election.
Alfa dissatisfied with action of the party, took the matter before the Federal High Court in Abuja where Justice Nnamdi Dimgba upheld all his claims.
Not satisfied with the high court verdict, Senator Aidoko took the case before the Court of Appeal where he lost.