SOKOTO GUBER TUSSLE | Tambuwal, Dahiru know fate March 10

by on March 1, 2017
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.

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