Adamawa Speaker Loses Big as Court Takes Strong Decision Against His Senatorial Ticket

Adamawa Speaker Loses Big as Court Takes Strong Decision Against His Senatorial Ticket

  • Aminu Iya-Abbas has been sacked as the Peoples Democratic Party's senatorial candidate for Adamawa Central
  • The sack of Aminu Iya-Abbas was made known by a Federal High Courting 1 sitting in Yola, Adamawa state
  • The speaker of the Adamawa House of Assembly had won the PDP primary election but his victory was annulled by the court following a suit against him

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A Federal High Court I, sitting in Yola, Adamawa state's capital city has annulled the primary for Adamawa Central Senatorial District, conducted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Punch reports that the decision of the court comes after the Speaker of the Adamawa state House of Assembly, Aminu Iya-Abbas, won the party's primary election.

Aminu Iya-Abbas, Adamawa state, Yola, Senatorial candidate, PDP, 2023 general election
Aminu Iya-Abbas has been sacked as the Adamawa central senatorial district candidate for the PDP. Photo: Adamu Sani
Source: UGC

In his ruling on Monday, November 28, Justice Abdulaziz Anka, voided the senatorial primary elections for Adamawa Central conducted by the PDP.

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Anka's ruling follows a suit filed by Mohammed Modibbo versus the opposition party and four others.

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The judge held that the participation of the fourth defendant, who doubles as the chairman, of Governing Council Adamawa State University, Auwal Tukur, as a political appointee without compliance with the new Electoral Act 2022 violated the process.

Anka further ruled that such participation renders the entire process which is hereby nullified.

His words:

"The only issue proved before the court is as regards the fourth defendant’s engagement in the primary election conducted, him being a political appointee i.e chairman governing council Adamawa State University, Mubi, accordingly, the entire process is hereby nullified by this honourable court.
"The consequence, of which the party, will not be able to field a candidate for the general election come 2023 because of substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022. This is the consequential judgement of the court, against the entire political party and it’s members.”

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Iya-Abbas at the PDP primary had defeated Tukur, the son of the former chairman of the PDP, Babamga Tukur and five other aspirants to clinch the ticket for Adamawa Central Senatorial District.

Dissatisfied with the outcome of the primary, Modibbo filed a suit challenging the conduct of the primaries, especially whether Auwal Tukur, as a political appointee did not resign his appointment, was eligible to participate in the primaries.

Thus the court in its ruling voided the election on the grounds that Tukur’s participation, in the senatorial primary conducted by the PDP, violated the Electoral Act 2022.

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The court of appeal in Yola had earlier reinstated Aishatu Binani, as the APC governorship candidate in Adamawa state.

Justice Tani Hassan of the appellate court set aside the ruling of the Federal High Court that nullified the primary and said the APC cannot field any candidate in the 2023 governorship election in the state.

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In the primary conducted in May 2022, Binani defeated the pioneer chairman of the EFCC, Nuru Ribadu and former governor of the state, Jubrilla Bindow.

2023 election: States where courts have sacked APC governorship candidates

Despite being the ruling party, the APC is not free from internal crises that could make the party lose two states in the forthcoming governorship election.

The ruling party is facing internal crises in Adamawa and Taraba states, where the governorship candidates were sacked by courts a few months before the election.

Presently, the APC does not have governorship candidates in the two northern states, just like it happened to the party in Zamfara in 2019.


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