Fresh legal battle to unseat Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto

by on February 7, 2017
In compliance with a Supreme Court order of December 9, 2016, a fresh legal battle seek­ing to remove Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State from office be­gan yesterday at the Fed­eral High Court in Abuja.
The plaintiff in the mat­ter, Sen Umaru Dahiru, is seeking the federal High court order to nullify the return of Tambuwal as the governorship candi­date of the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) for the 2015 governorship election in Sokoto.
Dahiru who was an aggrieved governorship aspirant in the December 4, 2014 APC governor­ship primary election, also applied to the court for an order of subroga­tion directing the APC to declare him as the win­ner of the primary poll as the person entitled to be sworn-in as the governor of Sokoto State.
In the fresh trial, the plaintiff hinged his case on the ground that the APC primary was con­ducted in gross viola­tion of section 87 of the 2010 Electoral Act and the APC 2014 election guideline.
He also sought the court declaration that it is unlawful for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to act on a can­didate nominated by the APC for the purpose of the general election when such a candidate was elected in violation of the electoral guideline established by the APC itself.
Dahiru also asked the court to declare that in the circumstances of the primary election, it is he and not Tambuwal that is entitled to be returned as the governorship can­didate of the APC for the governorship election conducted on April 11, 2015.
When the matter came up yesterday, counsel to the plaintiff, Mr Ikoro Ikoro, informed Justice Gabriel Kolawole that he had filed a motion on January 31, to amend the reliefs being sought in the originating sum­mons.

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