Court sacks Aliero as Peoples Democratic Party senatorial candidate

The Federal High Court in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State has sacked former Governor of Kebbi State, Adamu Aleiro, as the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Kebbi Central District of the state.

 Penpushing reports that, Justice Babagana Ashigar voided the election which earlier produced Aleiro, and ruled in favour of Haruna Sa’idu who argued that he is the bona fide senatorial candidate of the party for the district.

The plaintiff had sued Aliero, the incumbent senator of the district, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a fresh primary for the Kebbi Central Senatorial District.

Penpushing further reports that, Sa’idu argued that the fresh primary contravened the Electoral Act 2022, stressing that he is alive, and did not withdraw from the contest, claiming that his name was unlawfully substituted with that of Aliero, who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after a primary election was conducted.

The judge observed that when the first primary for the Kebbi Central was held, Aleiro was in the All Progressives Congress (APC), and ruled that based on exhibits 2,21,23,24 tendered before the Court, Sa’idu participated in the first primary where he was elected as the candidate having scored the highest votes while the first defendant, Aliero, was still at the ruling party.

“Since the first primary election was not challenged by the 1st defendant, it is in my humble view that the first primary election for Kebbi Central Senatorial district remained authentic. I, therefore, upheld all the prayers of the plaintiff’, he ruled.

Penpushing also reports that, in response to the judgement, counsel to the defendants, Aliyu Hassan, said his client will study the judgement before taking the next line of action, while in his own reaction counsel to plaintiff, Sule Usman, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the judgement, is for the good of the people of Kebbi Central District who now know who the authentic candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is.

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