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Court dismisses suits seeking to disqualify Kaduna APC Guber Candidate

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Senator Uba Sani

After three times judgment adjournments, Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna has dismissed the suit challenging the emergence of Senator Uba Sani as Kaduna State Gubernatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) party.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Mohammed Garba Umar, while delivering the judgment on Friday in Kaduna, said the court lacks the jurisdiction to deliver judgment on the said matter.

The court, according to the ruling, declined hearing the suit because it has no jurisdiction on the grounds that it is a party affairs and not a post- or pre-election matter.

Hon. Sani Mahmud Sha’aban had filed a case, challenging the legality of the emergence of Senator Uba Sani at the APC governorship primary election held in May, 2022, alleging that the election was conducted without legal and due delegates, in line with new electoral laws.

Sha’aban had on 20th June, dragged Uba Sani and other APC stakeholders before the Federal High Court where he alleged that the primary that produced Uba Sani and others as candidates for the 2023 polls should be declared null and void.

Sha’aban, a 2023 APC guber aspirant, had argued that the party’s statutory delegates were substituted by people, who could barely read or write, to do the bidding of Uba Sani and his sponsors.

Counsel to Senator Uba Sani, Barrister Sanusi Musa, said he has argued it earlier that the court needs the approval of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) before it could be filed in Kaduna.

Speaking with newsmen shortly after the judgment, counsel to Sha’aban, John Mshelia, said he will approach his client and then get directives on what the next step would be.

The verdict threw up serious jubilation by friends and supporters of the APC governorship candidate, Senator Uba Sani, within and outside the Federal High Court premises. 

On whether there is any plan to appeal against the judgment, the counsel for the plaintiff, Barr. John Mishelia, said the judgment has a serious ground of appeal but that it all depends on the instruction of his client.

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