PDP urges Court to invalidate Dambazau’s election in Kano

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By Muhammad Muhammad

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed an application before a Federal high court in Kano, seeking nullification of the election of the member representing Takai/Sumaila federal constituency of Kano state, Hon. Mohammad Shamsudeen Bello Danbazau.

The plaintiff and candidate of the opposition PDP, Siraju Idris Kanawa had sued the APC candidate, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and All Progressives Congress (APC), over the declaration of the son of the former Minister of Interior Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau winner of the last general election.

At the resumption of hearing today, counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister A.U Uzu told the presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Alloaga that Danbazau did not participate as a candidate of APC in the election process, faulting INEC from issuing him a certificate of return.

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Counsel to PDP who cited section 285 sub-section 13 of the constitution wants the court to order INEC to withdraw Danbazau’s certificate of return and declare PDP’s candidates Siraju rightful winner of the election.

Counsel to Danbazau, Nuraini Jimoh had considered the prayers of the plaintiff as mere afterthought judging from the determination and pronouncement of the supreme court on the same matter.

Barrister Jimoh urged the court to discountenance of the PDP’s application and dismiss the argument for lack of merit.

Similarly, counsels to INEC, Hassan Aminu and APC Abdulafiz Khalid, in their separate arguments believed the plaintiff’s prayers amount to academic work on a matter already resolved by the apex Court.

The respondents insisted the court should not dissipate on the matter the same court dispense upon which also went up to court of appeal and Supreme courts.

But counsel to the plaintiff, Uzo countered the position of the defendants who claimed the matter had already been resolved. Uzo insisted the supreme court had only ruled on pre-election matters while the fresh application border on the post-election matter.

The supreme court had declared Danbazau as the right candidate of APC, having won the party primaries and nullified the victory of Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila who was favoured by the party.

Sumaila, a former special adviser to President Muhammad Buhari, who did not take part in the primaries defeated the PDP candidate in the election.

But Danbazau had challenged the victory of Sumaila and APC leadership, for replacing even when he had won the party’s primary.

The supreme court in December 2019 eventually nullified Sumaila’s election and ordered INEC to give a certificate of return to Danbazau.

Justice Lewis Alloaga, therefore, reserved judgement on the matter for 1st of June, 2020.