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Court delivers judgment on Tambuwal election June 23

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed June 23 to deliver its judgment in a suit seeking the removal of the Governor of Sokoto State, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, from office.

The presiding judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, on Tuesday fixed the date for judgment after hearing parties to the suit.

The plaintiffs are two former aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress for the governorship position of Sokoto State – Umaru Dahiru, a former senator, and Mr. Abubakar Sanyinna.

They joined the APC, Tambuwal and the Independent National Electoral Commission as the defendants in the suit.

They had filed the suit in January 2015 challenging the December 2014 APC’s governorship primary which produced Tambuwal as the candidate of the party for the main election which later held on April 11, 2015.

The plaintiffs had, in the suit, urged the court to, among other prayers stop INEC from accepting Tambuwal as the APC’s governorship candidate on account of alleged irregularities that characterised the primary.

Arguing the plaintiffs’ case on Tuesday, their lawyer, Mr. Roland Otaru (SAN), maintained that the primary conducted in December 2014 violated both the constitution of the APC and the party’s guidelines for the conduct of primaries.

He maintained that the process was marred by, among other irregularities, lack of accreditation of delegates who voted.

Otaru added, “We are saying that the governorship primary held on December 12, 2014 did not comply with the provisions of Section 27 of the Electoral Act.

“Having failed to follow the party’s guidelines and constitution, the primary should be set aside.

“The Supreme Court has said that the reliefs in the originating summons are grantable.

“The Supreme Court’s judgment is attached to the originating summons as an exhibit.

“We urge the court to grant all the reliefs. The onus is on the defendants to show the list of accredited delegates used for the primary.”

In response, the APC’s lawyer, Mr. Jibrin Okutepa (SAN), and that of Tambuwal, Mr. Sunday Ameh (SAN), opposed the suit through their separate notices of preliminary objection and counter-affidavits supported by written addresses.

They both argued in their notices of preliminary objection that the suit was wrongly commenced by mode of an originating summons.

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