PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: October 14th, 2022
The crises rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress in Adamawa State has taking a new turn with the recent court Judgement over the state APC primaries, Push News 24 International learnt.
The Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, on Friday, nullified the candidature of Aishatu Ahmed (Binani) as the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the state.
It’s obvious that the peace moves by key stakeholders for an out of court settlement has had a step back as parties concerned have refused to sheath their swords for the sake of the party victory at the polls.
Based on suit FHC/YL/CS/12/2022 filed by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, the court ruling declared Binani’s candidature invalid and unlawful.
Justice Abdulaaziz Anka, in his ruling, also refused the plea for a fresh primary, holding that the APC, by the court judgment, had no candidate for the 2023 governorship election.
Anka arrived at his judgment after resolving all the issues for consideration involving the outcome of the Adamawa APC governorship primary conducted on May 26, 2022.
He held that the primary was not compliant with the 2022 Electoral Act, the nation’s constitution, and the party guidelines.
The judge said the nomination of Sen. Aishatu Ahmed, popularly known as Binani, was in clear contravention of Section 85 of the Electoral Act because there was “manifest overvoting.”
Anka said, “My findings are that there’s non-compliance to the Electoral Act, as well as party guidelines and the constitution because there was manifest overvoting, which has been proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
The first defendant (APC) cannot field a candidate for the 2023 general elections; the primary election is invalid, and the court therefore sees the return of Aishatu Ahmed Binani as unlawful. The plea for fresh elections is hereby refused.”
The Push News reports that Mallam Nuhu Ribadu had, on the 9th of June, approached the court, seeking the disqualification of Aishatu Ahmed Binani.
Binani had defeated five other challengers, that included the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu, to emerge the APC governorship candidate at the May 26 primary.
The court has, however, asked the party to utilise the 30-day window available to them to appeal its ruling.