Kano PDP Guber Seat : Abacha, Wali, Jafar know fate Thursday
By Salam Abdul
A Federal High court sitting in Kano has reserved ruling on the contentious 2023 Kano PDP gubernatorial ticket to Thursday, December 22nd.
SOLACEBASE reports that the trio of Muhammad Sani Abacha, Sadiq Aminu Wali, and Sani Bello have been enmeshed in a bitter struggle for the governorship ticket of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano
At the resumed hearing on Monday the trio’s were informed through their Counsel that the ruling would be delivered via Zoom, but was later adjourned to Thursday, December 22nd.
Alhaji Muhammad Abacha, scion of Abacha dynasty had via Originating Summon approached the court praying it to declare him winner of the Party Primary Election conducted on 25th May, 2022.
He also prayed the court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), its officers, agents and privies from further recognising Sadiq Aminu Wali or any other person apart from parading himself as gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Kano State for 2023 Governorship Elections.
Abacha further told the court that he scored the highest total votes cast during the primary election, yet INEC went ahead to recognized Mr. Wali as the party flag bearer.
Recalls that INEC had recognized and published the name of Sadik Aminu Wali as the governorship candidate of Kano PDP.
Consequently, while Abacha is contesting the ticket at the court, another candidate, Jafar Sani Bello instituted a fresh suit challenging both Mohammed Abacha and Sadiq Wali on alleged ground of qualification in accordance with the provisions of the Nigerian constitution, Electoral Act and PDP constitution.
Jafar Sani Bello, similarly joined INEC in the suit for recognising Sadiq Wali as flagbearer for the party, as he urged the court to joined him as an interested party in a suit he instituted and Wali was however joined.
Dissatisfied with the court decision, Sadiq Wali approached the court of appeal asking it to nullify the Federal high court rulling.
The Court of Appeal, consequently upheld that the Federal High Court lacks jurisdiction to hear the matter as such Wali should not be joined as party in the suit
When the case resumed hearing at the federal high court on 8th December 2022, the trial Judge fixed 19th December for ruling on Court of Appeal judgement against his decision.
However, in a twist of fate, when the two cases resumed today, parties were informed that the judgement will be delivered via Zoom and that codes have been distributed to legal representatives.