A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has put an end to the leadership tussle rocking the Peoples Democratic Party i state
The court declares Mohammed Abacha as the party’s governorship flag bearer ahead of the 2023 election.
The Judgment delivered by the Presiding Judge, Justice A.M Liman, via zoom, however sacked Sadiq Aminu Wali as the party’s candidate.
Justice Liman ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to expunge Wali’s name and substitute with Abacha’s.
The court further ordered that Wali desist from parading himself as the party’s gubernatorial candidate.
Radio Nigeria recalled that the duo of Mohammed Abacha and Sadiq Aminu Wali have been enmeshed in a bitter struggle for the governorship ticket of the party in the state.
Abacha, scion of Abacha dynasty had via originating summon approached the court praying it to declare him winner of the Party Primary Election conducted on 25th May, 2022.
He also prayed the court to restrain the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), its officers, agents and privies from further recognising Sadiq Aminu Wali or any other person apart from parading himself as gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Kano State for 2023 Governorship Elections.
Justice Liman however granted all the relief suit of Abacha on the ground that he was validly nominated during the primary conducted by the Wada Sagagi led factional Chairman of party, adding that votes casted for him remained lawful.
The Judge faulted INEC for removing Abacha’s name on the gubernatorial candidate list in the first place, declaring that by the tenure of the provisions of section 84 (1)(5)b of the electoral Act 2022, it is illegal, null and void for the electoral umpire to have withheld the name of Abacha who won the primary election and substitute him with Wali.
Reacting to the judgement, a chieftain of the party, Zakari Wali expressed dissatisfaction with the judgment insisting that the verdict would be challenged at the upper court.