Adamawa North: Senate Swears In Yohanna As Abbo’s Replacement
Senator Amos Yohanna, of the PDP representing Adamawa-North took his oath of office and allegiance at Wednesday’s plenary.
Yohanna’s oath of allegiance followed his declaration as winner of the Feb. 26 senatorial election by an Appeal Court.
Yohana replaces Senator Ishaku Abbo, who was ousted by a pronouncement of the Court of Appeal.
The Clerk of the Senate, Mr Chinedu · Akubueze, administered the oath and allegiance on Yohanna at plenary on Wednesday.
Yohanna, who now represents Adamawa- North, had challenged his election before the election tribunal, which dismissed his application as lacking in merit.
Yohanna had sued Sen. Elisha Abbo of the APC and the INEC before the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the senatorial election.
In the petition marked EPT/AD/SEN/02/2023, Yohanna had argued that Abbo’s election should be invalidated by reasons of corrupt practices and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.
He had stated that Abbo was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast.
He said there was over-voting at various polling units, false entries, alteration and cancellation of votes at several polling units.
He had said some of the alterations and cancellations were not signed by the presiding officers of the polling units.
Yohanna had prayed the tribunal to nullify Abbo’s election and declare him as the duly elected senator for Adamawa North.
Not satisfied with the tribunal’s verdict, he approached the appeal court, asking it to nullify INEC’s declaration of Abbo as winner of the election.
The court of appeal in its judgment, voided the tribunal’s verdict and upheld Yohanna’s prayers