Kano APC Congresses: Court declines jurisdiction to rule on national headquarters applications
Justice Hamza Mu’azu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, on Thursday declined ruling on application seeking to set aside the earlier judgment on Kano state All Progressives Congress (APC) ward Congress.
Besides, the court also declared lack of jurisdiction to hear the motion seeking to dismiss the judgment on local government congress earlier held in favour of the factional group of APC in Kano.
When the case came up for hearing on Thursday, counsels to the party national headquarters and Kano State government had filed and transmitted record of the two cases to the Court of Appeal thereby challenging the lower court on lack of jurisdiction to rule on the cases.
Reacting to the objection, Justice Mu’azu, however, agreed with the submission of the APC and Kano State government, lawyers, and declined to give ruling or entertain any other application. The court therefore directed all parties to proceed to the Court of Appeal for determination of the appeals.
Speaking on the outcome of the case, Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of Kano State, Barr. MA Lawan, affirmed the position of the court on declining jurisdiction.
MA Lawan explained that the court has agreed that the matter is already at the Appeal Court and record already been transmitted and for that reason he admitted the lower court has no power to continue with the matters before him.
He, however, dismissed insinuation making round in the media that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje faction lost the appeal, because Kano State government was not joined in the matter.
He said the matter was clearly between APC national headquarters and other individuals party, who are already challenging the judgment of the court.
“So, since the court was notified about the appeal, it is only right to declared lack of jurisdiction to hear the stay since all the matters are now before the court of appeal. Meaning the court has no jurisdiction to touch all the files before it,” he said.