Supreme Court affirms Umar Namadi as Jigawa APC gubernatorial candidate
The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday affirmed the incumbent deputy governor of Jigawa State, Umar Namadi as the lawful governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for the coming general election in February.
The apex court in a unanimous judgment prepared by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun upheld the primary election conducted on May 26 which produced Namadi as the winner.
In the judgment delivered by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa on behalf of the court, the appeal filed by Farouk Adamu Aliyu, a former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives was dismissed in its entirety.
A three-member panel presided over by Justice Ita Mbaba, in the Court of Appeal November 4 judgment, unanimously dismissed Aliyu’s appeal against the September 13, 2022 judgement by Justice Hassan Dikko of the Federal High Court, Dutse, for lacking in merit.
Justice Dikko had, in the judgment, held among others, that Aliyu lacked the locus standi to sue and added that he failed to prove his case with credible evidence.
However, in the cross-appeal filed by Fagbemi (SAN), Namadi is challenging a portion of the Court of Appeal judgment which upturned the trial court’s decision that Aliyu lacked the locus standi to have filed the suit which did not qualify as a pre-election case.
Adopting his client’s brief on Wednesday, counsel to Namadi urged the Apex Court to dismiss the appeal by Aliyu and allow his client’s cross-appeal.
Fagbemi argued that the Appeal Court was wrong to have exercised jurisdiction over Aliyu’s appeal, which arose “from an action improperly constituted.”.
Aliyu’s counsel, Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) on his part, argued otherwise and prayed the court to allow his client’s appeal.
The five justices of the Supreme Court who heard the case unanimously agreed that it lacked merit and substance.
Namadi, through his counsel, Prince Lateef Olasunkanmi Fagbemi, SAN, had won the legal battle at the Federal High Court in Dutse as well as at the Court of Appeal in Kano before today’s final victory at the apex court.
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