Supreme Court dismisses G-7’s appeal, as Ganduje’s faction sustains APC leadership in Kano
The Supreme Court of Nigeria on Friday dismissed the appeal filed by the Ibrahim Shekarau-led faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the Abdullahi Ganduje group of the party in Kano.
In a unanimous judgment of a five-man panel, delivered by Justice Ibrahim Saulawa, the apex court held that the court of first instance, an FCT High Court, lacked jurisdiction to try the matter in the first place.
The apex court upheld the verdict of the Court of Appeal, the consequence of which was that the leadership of the APC in Kano, which the governor’s faction conducted, remained unchallenged.
By this verdict, Abdullahi Abbas, who the APC at the national level said it recognized, will continue to steer the affairs of the party in the state.
Recall that two factions conducted parallel congresses which eventually produced two party chairmen in the state.
The Court of Appeal in its earlier judgement said the lower court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter as it was an internal party issue. The appeal court also said the case would have been appropriately heard in Kano where the congresses in contention were held rather than at the Federal Capital Territory.
Today’s judgement gave Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje a respite, as he will continue to exercise authority over the party in his state.
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