Sokoto Guber Tussle: Lagal Battle Begins Afresh, Court Adjourns Till Feb. 28

The legal battle seeking to unseat the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal, resumed afresh Monday at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Plaintiff in the matter, Umaru Dahiru, a former Senator and a member of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) is seeking the court to nullify the return of Tambuwal as APC candidate in the 2015 governorship election in the state.
Dahiru, who was an aggressive governorship aspirant in the December 4 2014 APC primary election, also applied to the court for an order directing the APC to declare him as the winner of the primary and as the person entitled to be sworn in as APC candidate.
In the fresh court action, the plaintiff hinged his case on the ground that the December 4 primary was conducted in gross violation of section 87 of 2010 electoral act and the APC 2014 election guidelines.
He also sought court declaration that it unlawful for the Independent National Electoral Commission to act on a candidate nominated by the APC for the purpose of general election when such a candidate was elected in violation of electoral guidelines established by the APC itself.
He also asked the court to declare that in the circumstances of the primary election, it is he and not Tambuwal that is entitled to be returned as the governorship candidate of the APC for the Sokoto State governorship election conducted in April 11, 2015.
When the matter came up Monday, the counsel to the plaintiff, Ikoro Ikoro, informed the trial Judge, Gabriel Kolawole that he had filed a motion on January 31 to amend the reliefs being sought in the originating summon.
The counsel said that he wanted some reliefs to be deleted from the originating summon haven been overtaken by events.
However, counsel to the first and second defendants, Jibrin Okitipupa (APC), and Sunday Ameh (Tambuwal) said they have filed a counter motion to object to the plaintiff’s attempt to amend the originating summon.
Ikoro who confirmed receipt of the counter affidavit, said he needed a short adjournment to enable him respond to the counter affidavit.
Justice Kolawole adjourned the matter to February 28 for the determination of plaintiff’s motion.
Recall, on December 9, the Supreme Court declined to unseat Tambuwal following Dahiru request, rather it ruled that the case be retried at the Federal High Court.
In a judgment written by Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammed and read by Hon. Justice CC Nweze, the apex court held that rather than consider the case as mere academic exercise, the High Court should retry it on its merit.
The court ordered expeditious and accelerated hearing.

Author: News Editor

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