Court sacks Buhari’s righthand man as INEC issues Certificate of Return to Minister’s son

One of the former assistants to President Muhammadu Buhari who was sacked by a court has also lost his Certificate of Return to the son of Minister of Interior.

According to Independent Newspapers, the Independent National Electoral Commission issued Certificate of Return to Alhaji Mohammed Shamsuddeen Bello Dambazau as the House of Representatives member-elect for Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency in Kano State.

The development was sequel to a verdict of a Federal High Court sitting in Kano, April 18th that disqualified Alhaji AbdulRahman Sulaiman Kawu Sumaila as the duly elected Member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the APC in February 23, 2019, general elections.

Alhaji Muhammad Shamsuddeen Bello Dambazau, son to the incumbent minister of Interior had approached the court to challenge the electoral victory of Alhaji AbdulRahman Sulaiman Kawu Sumaila on the ground that he never participated at the House of Representatives primary election of the All Progressive Congress in the Federal Constituency.

Issuing the Certificate of Return on Monday, INEC National Commissioner, Amina Zakari said the issuance of the certificate is on the order of the court which the body obeys.

“’INEC is a law-abiding organization and respects the rule of law hence the issuance of the certificate to Alhaji Muhammad Shamsuddeen,’’said Amina Zakari.

Alhaji AbdulRahman Sulaiman Kawu Sumaila was a former Senior Special Assitant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters.

Kawu Sumaila joined politics in 1991. He was a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Member Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), which later merged with some other political groups in the country to form what is today known as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

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Kawu served as Deputy State Organizing Secretary and Kano state house of assembly aspirant of PDM and PDP in 1995 and 1999 subsequently. During Sani Abacha transition programme. Hon Kawu was a member of United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP).

He was a three term member of Nigeria House of Representatives and held the position of Deputy Minority Leader of the 6th and 7th House of Representatives of Nigeria.

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He was an All Progressive Congress (APC) member and served as member of the board of trustees, National Caucus, and NEC and served as member of central merger committee which formed APC.




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