Kogi East Senate Tussle; Aidoko Sues AGF, Malami

By Yusuf Abubakar.
‎The N1billion suit preferred against the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and INEC by Senator representing Kogi East, Atai Aidoko Ali will begin at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.
‎Malami and INEC were dragged to court by the Federal lawmaker over a letter from the AGF to re-validate the certificate of return earlier withdrawn from Abdulrahman Abubakar of APC on the orders of the Court of Appeal and withdraw the certificate of return validly issued Senator Atai Aidoko Ali.
Aidoko argued at the opening of the case that he was not joined in the earlier case at the tribunal and appeal court that gave victory to ‎his opponent, but resumed only after the pronouncement that gave him victory in December by the court.
He said the extra judicial arrangement embarked upon by the Attorney General of the Federation was unconstitutional, null and void and a political arrangement ‎that negates the constitutional provisions.
Aidoko’s lawyers at the opening of the suit has requested for ‎1 billion naira damages and other inconveniences from the defendants for arguing outside the purview of its constitutional jurisdiction and attempt to interpret the Nigerian constitution wrongly.
‎Kogi East has been enmeshed in bitter political and legal battle over the senatorial seat of the area at the National Assembly with three candidates; one from APC and two from PDP fighting over the single seat even when the incumbent was returned by the Supreme Court.