A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday slated March 10, 2017 for ruling on an application seeking to vary prayers in a suit filed against the election of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State.
Tambuwal won election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At yesterday’s session, the governor’s counsel, Mr Sunday Ameh (SAN), in his counter affidavit, opposed the application for variation of prayers on the motion paper.
The Supreme Court had ordered an accelerated hearing of the suit at the high court level.
Dahiru, a former member of the Senate and Mr Aliyu Abubakar Sanyinna, want Tambuwal removed from office on the ground that he was wrongly nominated by the APC for the April 11, 2015.
The plaintiff in the suit, Senator Umaru Dahiru, wants the court to nullify the return of Tambuwal as the APC governorship candidate in the 2015 governorship election in the state.
He claimed that the December 4, 2014 APC primary election which produced Tambuwal was conducted in gross violation of Section 87 of the 2010 Electoral Act and the APC 2014 election guidelines.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, the plaintiff’s counsel, Ikoro N. Ikoro, moved his application seeking the variation of his pleadings in the motion on notice.
The plaintiff asked the court to declare that in the circumstances of the primary election, he is entitled to be returned as the governorship candidate of the APC and not Tambuwal.
He also sought a declaration of the court that it was unlawful for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to act on a candidate nominated by the APC for the purpose of the general election in Sokoto when such a candidate was elected in violation of the electoral guidelines established by the APC itself.