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ABUJA – The Independent National Electoral Commission,

INEC, has issued a Certificate of Return to Mohammed

Shamsuddeen Dambazau as Member-elect for Sumaila/

Takai Federal Constituency of Kano State.

A voter uses a smartphone to photograph his

details on a voters’ list displayed at the

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

central office in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on

March 8, 2019. – Nigerian voters will go to the polls

on March 9 to elect governors and lawmakers in 29

of the nation’s 36 states two weeks after

presidential and national assembly elections in

which Buhari was elected for a second term. (Photo

by AFP)

INEC had withdrawn the certificate it earlier issued to

Abdulrahman Sulaiman Kawu Sumaila who was adjudged to

be the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress APC, in

the election.

But Dambazau, son of the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman

Bello Dambazau, sued INEC, APC and Sumaila, challenging

the recognition of Sumaila as the APC House of

Representatives candidate for Sumaila/Takai federal


He contended that Sumaila never participated in the House

of Representatives primary election of the APC in the

Federal Constituency.

And on April 18, the Federal High Court, sitting in Kano,

disqualified Sumaila – a former Senior Special Assistant to

President Muhammadu Buhari on House of Representatives

Matters- as the duly elected Member of the House of

Representatives on the platform of the APC in the February

23, 2019, general elections.

The court also ordered INEC to recognize Dambazau as the

duly elected House of Representatives member, representing

Sumaila/Takai federal constituency.

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Issuing the Certificate of Return in Abuja, INEC National

Commissioner, Amina Zakari said the issuance of the

certificate was based on the order of the court which the

body oboyed

“INEC is a law abiding organization and respects the rule of

law, hence the issuance of the certificate to Alhaji

Muhammed Shamsuddeen,” said Amina Zakari.

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