#2015InReview: 7 Senators That Were Sacked By Tribunals
The year 2015 has been quite an interesting year in the Nigerian political scene, with the general elections making it more sensitive.
Nigerians were served a dose of things the year would breed when the initially postponed presidential election was held and won by the then opposition, the All Progressives Congress (APC) which ushered in President Muhammadu Buhari.
And almost after his assumption of office, there were series of cases which were lost and won by Nigerian lawmakers.
1. David Mark (Benue South senatorial district)
The Court of Appeal, Makurdi Division, annulled the election of the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark.
The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct fresh elections in the Benue South senatorial district within 90 days.
Mark’s victory at the March 28, 2015 National Assembly elections, was challenged by Daniel Onjeh of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who petitioned the Benue state Legislative Houses elections tribunal asking for the cancellation of the election and an order detailing INEC to conduct fresh election in the district.
2. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (Abia South Senatorial District)
His election was nullified by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal. The tribunal in its ruling ordered a rerun in two Local Governments where elections were not held.
3. Senator Gilbert Nnaji (Enugu East District)
Nnaji’s victory was nullified by the National Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Enugu state.
The tribunal in its judgement ruled that Nnaji was not the duly elected candidate in the election.
The tribunal ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue the Certificate of Return to former Governor of the state, Chimaroke Nnamani, who contested on the platform of the People for Democratic Change (PDC)
4. Senator Osinakachukwu Idoezu (Rivers South West Senatorial District)