A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has nullified the nomination of Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on broadcast media, Shaaban Sharada, as All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer for Kano Municipal federal constituency to the House of Representatives.
The court declared Mutari Yakasai as the legitimate candidate.
Delivering the judgment on Tuesday, Justice Saadatu Ibrahim upheld the result of primary election which produced Yakasai.
She said based on section 3 of electoral acts, political parties lack jurisdiction to substitute candidate elected through legitimate process.
The counsel to Yakasai, Barrister Nuraini Jimoh, expressed satisfaction with the ruling, describing it as a victory for democracy.
Commenting on the judgment, counsel to INEC, Barrister Hassan Aminu, hoped the ruling would serve as a lesson to political parties to live up to expectation.
But counsel to Sharada expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling and declared Buhari’s aide will appeal the judgment.
Alhaji Mutari Ishaq had sued All Progressive Congress, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Sharada for substituting his name as with that of Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada, as the flag bearer.