Sen. Umaru, Musa trade words over Niger East candidacy

Senator David Umaru and Mohammed Sani Musa, yesterday, laid claim to the Niger East senatorial district ticket of the APC ticket in the Saturday election in the state.

In separate interviews with Daily Trust, each of them insisted he was the flag bearer even though INEC was yet to declare the results.

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had declared Musa winner of APC’s primaries ahead of the general elections and ordered INEC to recognise him in place of Sen. Umaru who was earlier fielded by the party.

INEC obeyed the court order, but Sen. Umaru approached the Appeal Court to upturn the judgement of the High Court but the case has not been heard yet.

On Saturday, the two politicians were sighted casting their votes at their respective polling units.

When asked whether he was still in the race, Sen. Umaru insisted he remained the “authentic” candidate.

Musa on the other hand said the decision of the court which was obeyed by INEC was clear and unambiguous, noting that he was not only the substantive candidate of the party, but would be declared the winner of the Saturday poll.

“I won the primary with over 39,000 votes against Umaru’s 5,000 and when he grumbled and ran to the national headquarters to have my name replaced, I went to court and had my mandate restored,” he said.

Daily trust

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