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Court nullifies Buhari’s aide’s candidature for House of Reps

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A Federal high Court sitting in Kano yesterday nullified the nomination of Personal Assistant to President Muhammad Buhari on Broadcast Media, Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada, as All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Kano Municipal Federal constituency in the House of Representatives.

Subsequently, the court upheld former Kano Municipal Council Chairman and member of APC, Mutari Ishaq Yakasai, as the authentic candidate.

Mutari defeated Sharada and was declared winner during the primary election last year, but trouble started when Sharada’s name was sent to INEC as APC flag bearer for the position.

However, Mutari had sued the APC, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Sharada for substituting his name with with Sharada’s.

The plaintiff had asked the court to nullify the adoption by the APC and declare him rightful candidate of the APC for the House of Representatives slot.

Delivering her judgment yesterday, the presiding judge, Justice Saadatu Ibrahim upheld the APC result duly signed by the party during the primary election, where Mutari emerged winner.

Meanwhile, the Birnin-Kebbi Magistrate Court 4, has transferred the forgery and false impersonation suit filled against Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate’s running mate, Abubakar Garlimallam and three others to Kebbi State High court, saying it lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.

Delivering judgment yesterday, Magistrate Muhammed Ghali Abdullahi of Magistrate Court 4, Birnin-Kebbi, said the National Electoral Act, 2010 does not give his court the jurisdiction to hear the suit against the accused persons.

He, however, ordered that the case be taken to the High Court for hearing.


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