The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Adamawa State has been thrown into confusion as the party’s governorship candidate Senator Aishatu Binan candidacy has been nullified.
The Federal High Court sitting in Yola nullified Binani’ candidacy for the 2023 general elections.
In a ruling on Friday, the court presided by Justice A.M Anka asked Binani to desist from parading herself as the APC candidate in the state.
Justice Anka ruled that the primary election was void due to the issue of over voting and fielding of delegates from Lamurde Local Government Area where a congress was not allegedly conducted.
A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, who contested at the primary with Binani, had filed a suit, seeking the nullification of the primary conducted on May 27, which was won by the senator.
Ribadu, who hinged his suit on alleged vote buying, over-voting and delegate inducement, asked the court to disqualify Binani and declare him the candidate of the APC in the state.
He sought an order restraining APC from submitting Binani’s name to INEC as the governorship candidate of APC on the grounds that she had emerged from an invalid and unlawful exercise.
In his response to APC and Binani’s notice of preliminary objections, Ribadu’s counsel, Mathew Burkaa (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the notice of preliminary objections.
He further submitted that the commencement of the suit marked FHC/YL/CS/12/2022, was done by the rules of the court.
But in their separate replies to the motion on notice filed by Ribadu, APC and Binani through their counsel, Sule J. Abul and Sam Ologunorisa, filed a notice of preliminary objections and counter-affidavits.
While APC is challenging the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter, Binani in her preliminary objection argued that Ribadu’s suit was not properly constituted.
She described the suit as incompetent, contentious, rancorous and contained allegations of fraud, commission of a crime, and that it cannot be heard or determined by way of the originating summons.