Court gives fi­nal warn­ing over Yobe gov­er­nor­ship tus­sle

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

A fed­eral high court in Abuja, yesterday, is­sued fi­nal warn­ing to de­fence coun­sels in the suit chal­leng­ing the el­i­gi­bil­ity of Gover­nor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State.

Two chief­tains of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Yobe State, Ayuba Sabo, and Ahmed Abubakar, were chal­leng­ing Gaidam’s el­i­gi­bil­ity to con­test the April 11gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in the state, claim­ing he has al­ready served for two terms.

How­ever, coun­sels to Gaidam and the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) were ab­sent in court, and no for­mal let­ter was writ­ten to the judge as de­manded by the rules.

Jus­tice Ahmed Mo­hammed, in his rul­ing, warned that he would not “tol­er­ate any fur­ther de­lay on the part of the de­fen­dants in this case.”

Gaidam served as for­mer deputy to late gover­nor Mam­man Ali from May 29, 2007, to Jan­uary, 2009 when he be­came gover­nor, fol­low­ing the death of Ali.

He was later sworn-in as elected gover­nor on May 29, 2011.

The ap­pli­cants were seek­ing, among other re­liefs, a dec­la­ra­tion that the gover­nor, hav­ing tak­ing oath of of­fice on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, was no longer el­i­gi­ble to con­test the 2015 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion, based on the pro­vi­sions of sec­tions 180(2) (b), 182(1)(b) and 191(1) of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion.

The judge has ad­journed the case to Novem­ber 3 for hear­ing.

He or­dered that fresh hear­ing no­tices be served on the par­ties.

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