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INEC issues minister’s son with Certificate of Return as lawmaker-elect

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has issued Certificate of Return to 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, which disqualified Alhaji AbdulRahman Sulaiman Kawu Sumaila, as the duly elected member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the February 23, 2019, general elections.
Shamsuddeen, son to the incumbent minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, had approached the court to challenge the electoral victory of 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 in Abuja on Tuesday, INEC’s 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.
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 of the 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).
Kawu served as Deputy State Organizing Secretary and Kano state house of assembly aspirant of PDM and PDP in 1995 and 1999 subsequently.
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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