Supreme Court dismisses appeal on Kwara APC leadership tussle suit
‘You’re a product of rigged election’, Abba accuses Ganduje
The Supreme Court yesterday struck out an appeal challenging the dissolution of Kwara State executive committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
Chair of the dissolved exco, Ishola Balogun Fulani, on behalf of others had approached the court to overrule Oshomhole since their tenure was tenable for four years and also stop the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising the candidates submitted by Bashir Bolarinwa-led caretaker committee for the 2019 general elections.
But throwing out the application for lacking in merit, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola held that the notice of appeal was brought before the court in violation of Section 14 of the Fourth Alteration Act of the 1999 Constitution.Specifically, the apex court said the record of proceedings was transmitted after 14 days required by law, thus the appeal had become incompetent and liable to be struck out.
The appellants had secured a favourable judgment from a state High Court in February before it was set aside by the Court of Appeal, Ilorin Division on the ground that the case had become an academic exercise.Through their counsel, Yusuf Ali, they had approached the apex court on March 4 to hear the appeal on the ground that it was a pre-election matter that must be decided within 60 days.
But the lawyer to Oshiomhile, Chief Akin Olujinmi (SAN), contested the submission, noting that the appellants premised their case on misconception, as there was no where in the court process where they claimed to have participated in any primary election.
Lead counsel to the caretaker committee, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), drew the attention of the court to the fact that the application was status-barred.Justice Ariwoola in the unanimous ruling of the five-member panel agreed with Fagbemi. Meanwhile, the standard-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the concluded gubernatorial polls in Kano, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has accused Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of “orchestrated electoral malpractice in the March 23 supplementary election in the state.”Abba, who was responding to the governor’s media chat on the exercise in question, accused Ganduje of being a “product of rigged election.”
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