Ap­peal court up­holds Kwankwaso’s elec­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna.

The Ap­peal Court sit­ting in Kaduna has dis­missed the ap­peal brought be­fore it chal­leng­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of former gov­er­nor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as the win­ner of the Kano Cen­tral se­na­to­rial district seat.

Sen­a­tor Basheer Lado Garba and the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) had chal­lenged the dec­la­ra­tion of Kwankwaso as win­ner of the elec­tion at the Na­tional As­sem­bly elec­tion pe­ti­tion tri­bunal which sat in Kano.

The tri­bunal had ruled in favour of Kwankwaso but the duo, not sat­is­fied with the judg­ment, went to the ap­pel­late court.

Jus­tice Habeeb Abiru who de­liv­ered the lead judg­ment on Monday in Kaduna, said the All Pro­gres­sive Congress (APC) com­plied with sec­tion 85 of the Act in giv­ing the manda­tory 21 days no­tice to the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC) of the pri­maries that led to the even­tual sub­sti­tu­tion of Kwankwaso.

He said Kwankwaso was prop­erly sub­sti­tuted by his party to par­tic­i­pate in the elec­tion and de­scribed the PDP and Sen­a­tor

Garba as “med­dle­some in­ter­lop­ers” say­ing their pe­ti­tion is “with­out merit.”

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