The former governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, was removed from the Senate on Wednesday by the Court of Appeal, which is based in Abuja.
In a unanimous ruling by a panel of three justices, the appellate court declared that Suswam could not have been the legitimate winner of the senatorial election that took place in Benue North East on February 25.
It criticised the Benue State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal’s decision to nullify Mr. Emmanuel Udende of the All Progressives Congress’ election victory and send Suswam of the PDP back to the Senate.
The appellate court claims that the tribunal reached an incorrect result, upholding Suswam’s petition to contest Udende’s election victory, by incorrectly assessing the evidence that was brought before it by the parties involved.
As a result, the court declared that it saw merit in the APC candidate’s appeal, and it overturned the tribunal’s decision.