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.