Court Sacks APC House Of Reps Candidate In Jigawa, Aminu Kanta Over Name Falsification

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has sacked Aminu Kanta, the House of Representatives candidate for the Babura/Garki Federal Constituency of Jigawa State, in the 2023 general elections. Justice Emeka Nwite sacked Kanta who was declared the winner of the primary election in the state for submitting a false name.

The court hence declared Alhaji Isa Dogonyaro, as the lawful candidate for the APC House of Representatives primary. Kanta had previously claimed his name was Ahmed Mohammed – a claim which Dogonyaro challenged in court, while alleging that Kanta contested the primary election under a false name.

The plaintiff had approached the court, through his Counsel, Sunusi Musa Esq., to decide whether or not by the combined provisions of Section 66(1)(i) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) (1999 Constitution) and Section 29(5) and (6) of the Electoral Act 2022, a candidate who has given false information in relation to his Constitutional requirements to contest an election is liable to be disqualified from contesting the said election.

He also prayed the court for a declaration that in view of the combined provisions of Section 66(1)(i) of the 1999 Constitution, and Section 29(5) of the Electoral Act, 2022, the 3rd Respondent has submitted false information as it relates to his Constitutional requirements for eligibility to contest the election for the seat of Member, House of Representatives for Babura/Garki Federal constituency in the 2023 General Elections.

In his judgement, Justice Nwite declared that Aminu Kanta gave false information in relation to his name, when he claimed that Ahmed Mohammed was his former name in the affidavit in support of personal particulars submitted to the 1st Respondent (INEC) as the candidate of the 2nd Respondent (APC) for the seat of Member of the House of Representatives.


Source: Sahara Reporters



Indonesia: Java quake kills 162 and injures hundreds

An earthquake on the main Indonesian island of Java has killed at least 162 people and injured hundreds, regional governor Ridwan Kamil has said. The 5.6 magnitude quake struck Cianjur town in West Java, at a shallow depth of 10km (six miles), according to US Geological Survey data.

Scores of people were taken to hospital, with many treated outside. Rescuers were working into the night to try to save others thought to still be trapped under collapsed buildings. The area where the quake struck is densely populated and prone to landslides, with poorly built houses reduced to rubble in many areas.

Earlier, Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said at least 62 people had died, according to the latest available data. Speaking to local media, Mr Kamil said some 326 people had been injured in the quake, noting that “most of them sustained fractures from being crushed in ruins”.

But he warned some residents remained “trapped in isolated places” and said officials were “under the assumption that the number of injured and deaths will rise with time”.

The West Java governor added that more than 13,000 people had been displaced by the disaster, and the BNPB said over 2,200 homes had been damaged by the quake.


Source: BBC