A Federal High Court in Kano on Monday nullified the primary election that led to the emergence of Abba Yusuf as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State.
The judge, Lewis Allagoa, ruled that the PDP did not conduct a governorship primary election in the state. He declared the candidature of Mr Yusuf null and void.
A PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Ibrahim Amin-little, had approached the court, challenging the process that led to the emergence of Mr Yusuf as the PDP candidate in Kano.
The court granted the prayer of Mr Amin-little which sought for the declaration of the governorship primary election conducted by PDP in Kano as invalid, illegal, and void.
The candidate said the primary election contravenes section 87 (1) (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, article 50 (1) (2) 5 (b) of the PDP constitution 2017 and electoral guidelines.
The court directed the PDP to conduct a fresh primary election for the purpose of nominating a governorship candidate before Saturday, March 9 when the governorship election will hold in Kano and 26 other states in Nigeria.
Responding to the judgment, counsel to PDP, Bashir Yusuf, said the judgment did not affect the PDP governorship candidate, Mr Yusuf as he is not a party in the case.
“I want to tell you specifically this is a case between Ali Amin and PDP, it doesn’t concern the gubernatorial candidate of PDP because he is not a party in the matter decided. We will look at the decision and do the needful,” the PDP counsel said.
The counsel to Mr Amin-little, Muhammad Usman, expressed appreciation with the judgment. He said it confirmed their argument that PDP did not conduct a governorship primary election in the state.
Mr Amin-little was among several other aspirants of the PDP who could not participate in the primary of the party when a senator and former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, joined PDP and endorsed Mr Yusuf as the party’s governorship candidate.
Other aspirants who were allegedly excluded from the party primaries include Jaafar Bello who also went to a Kano State High Court to challenge the nomination of Mr Yusuf.
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A federal high court in Kano on Monday nullified the primary election that led to emergence of PDP gubernatorial candidate in Kano, Abba Yusuf.
The judge, Lewis Allagoa, ruled that the PDP did not conduct governorship primary election in Kano, and declared the candidature of Mr Yusuf null and void.
A PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Ali Amin-little, had approached the court, challenging the process that led to emergence of Mr Yusuf as PDP gubernatorial candidate in Kano.