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Appeal Court sacks Abacha, pronounces Wali as PDP governorship candidate in Kano

Appeal Court sacks Abacha, pronounces Wali as PDP governorship candidate in Kano

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kano has set aside the judgment of a High Court that pronounced Muhammad Abacha as the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state.

The appellate court consequentially ordered that Sadiq Wali, who was earlier recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), remained the valid gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Kano.

In a consensus judgment of the three-man-panel read by Justice Usman Musale, the court held that the law is clear that only the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party can conduct the gubernatorial primary elections of a party and since Abacha did not participate at the primary election conducted by NEC that produced Wali, he lacks the locus standi to challenge the said primary.

About a month to governorship elections in the country, the party in Kano has been engulfed in leadership crisis which began with the emergence of two parallel gubernatorial candidates – Abacha and Wali, and which may have to be resolved at the Supreme Court.

 

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