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Court Fails To Hear Ribadu Suit Against APC Female Gov Candidate

The Federal High Court in Yola yesterday ordered a governorship aspirant in Adamawa State, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu to put the female governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) , Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani) on notice.

The presiding judge, Justice Abdulaziz Anka insisted that he will not hear Ribadu’s application unless the female candidate was properly served.

Sen. Aishatu on May 27th, 2022 defeated Ribadu and four others in the APC Governorship primaries by polling 430 votes.

Ribadu, who came second with 288 votes, was the only aspirant who has gone to the court to challenge the election of the only female governorship candidate in the North.

Although attempts were made at party level to reconcile the two leaders, Ribadu, who was a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), insisted on seeking legal redress.

He sued APC (1st Defendant), Sen. Aishatu (2nd Defendant) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the 3rd Defendant.

He asked the court to compel APC to conduct a fresh governorship primary because of alleged over voting on May 27th.

His prayers were as follows: “A declaration that the Primary election conducted by the 1st Defendant for the Governorship of Adamawa State on the 27th May, 2022 was not validly conducted in accordance with the provisions Sections 224 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1992 (as amended), Section 84 (1) (2) (5) (b) of the Electoral Act 2022, Articles 26.3 and 20. 4 (iii) (2) of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Paragraphs 22 (iii) (I) of the Guidelines for the Nomination of Candidates for the 2023 General Elections to warrant the declaration and Return of the 2nd Defendant as the winner of the said Primary election.

“A declaration that the Primary election conducted by the 1st Defendant for the Governorship of Adamawa State on the 27th May, 2022 was vitiated by over voting therefore the 2nd Defendant did not score the majority of valid votes cast during the said election.

“An order of this Honourable Court nullifying, the Primary election conducted by the 1″ Defendant for the Governorship of Adamawa State conducted on the 27″ May, 2022 as same was vitiated by over voting and that the 2″ Defendant did not score the valid votes cast during the said election.

“An order of this Honourable Court Restraining the 1st Defendant from presenting or submitting to the 3rd Defendant the name of the 2nd Defendant, as the Governorship candidate of the 1st Defendant for the 2023 general election from the Governorship Primary election conducted by the I Defendant on the 27 May, 2022 which Primary election was vitiated by over voting, as the 2nd Defendant therefore did not score the valid votes cast during the said election.

“An order of this Honourable Court compelling and or directing the 1st Defendant to conduct fresh primary elections for the Governorship of Adamawa State for the nomination of its candidate for the 2023 general elections tm compliance with Sections 224 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), Section 84 (1) (2) (5) of the Electoral Act 2022, Articles 20.3 and 20.4(iii) ( e)(iv) of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress(APC).”

At the hearing of the application, Justice Anka said there was no way the court could go ahead if the female Senator was not put on notice.

The judge said fairness demanded that Sen. Aisha be aware of the application against her in court because Ribadu is seeking an interlocutory order.

The case was adjourned to June 29, 2022.

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