Two Aggrieved Members of Kogi All Progressive Congress (APC) has pleaded with an Abuja Federal High Court to void and cancel the party’s Governorship Primary election of April 11.
The duo, Realwan Akpanachi and Yahaya Seidu-Nuhu, in an originating Summon filed by their Counsel, Mr Promise Ogbodu, sued six of the contestants as 1st – 6th defendants, APC and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as 7th and 8th defendants respectively for what they called violation of the Electoral Act 2022 and the constitution of the federal Republic of Nigeria.
The six contestants sued as 1st – 6th respondents are: Abdulkareem Jamiu(Chief of Staff), Jibril Momoh (Account-General), Yakubu Okala (Auditor-General), Asiwaju Idris (Finance Commissioner), Salami Ozigi (Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs) and Ahmed Usman-Ododo (Auditor-General for Local Government Areas).
Our Correspondent reports on Thursday in Lokoja that
the Plaintiffs pleaded with the Court to disqualify the 1st – 6th defendants, whom they claimed were still political appointees/public servants at the time they contested the Governorship Primary election of April 11
They asked the court to determine whether the 1st – 6th defendants “being political appointees/public officers currently in the service of the Kogi Government, can validly participate in the convention or congress of the All Progressives Congress for the purpose of vying for the nomination of APC’s Governorship Candidate for Nov 11 Governorship election.”
“Whether having regard to S 84 (12) of the Electoral Act (2022) the 7th Respondent (APC) can validly nominate any of the 1st to 6th Respondents as her Candidate for the Kogi State Governorship Election in the face of their failure as political appointees/public servants, to resign from service of the Kogi State Government at the time of the primary election, ” the asked.
The Plaintiffs also prayed the court to make a declaration, that “being political appointees/public officers currently in the service of the Kogi Government, the 1st to 6th respondents, cannot validly vie for the APC’s nomination as its Governorship Candidate, for the Kogi Election Governorship scheduled for Nov. 11.”
“A declaration that the 7th Respondent cannot validly nominate any of the 1st to 6th Respondents as her Candidate for the Kogi State Governorship Election in the face of their failure as political appointees/public servants, to resign from service of the Kogi Government at the time of the primary election.
“An Order, disqualifying any of the 1st to 6th Respondents from seeking for the nomination of, and being nominated by the 7th Respondent as its Governorship Candidate for the Kogi Governorship Election, scheduled for Nov. 11, ” they further prayed.
The Court, however, has reportedly directed that a notice of hearing be immediately served on all the respondents to appear before it on April 27 for the hearing of the originating summon of the Plaintiffs.
it could be recalled that Ahmed Usman-Ododo had emerged winner of the Kogi APC Governorship Primary election after the other five respondants including the deputy Governor, Chief Edward Onoja and one other stepped down for him.
According to Mr Patrick Obahiagha, Secretary of the Kogi APC Primary Election 7-Member Committee, Ododo scored 78, 704 votes to beat six other contestants.
Obahiagha who announced the result of the governorship primary on Saturday morning in Lokoja, said Salami Momodu got 1, 506 votes, Abubakar Yahaya-Ashemogu, 1, 159, and Shaaibu Abubakar-Audu, 763 votes.
He added that Stephen Ocheni garnered 552 votes, Sanusi Ohiere, 424, and Smart Adeyemi 311 votes.
Obahiagha said that out of the 93, 729 voters, 83, 419 who were accredited, voted for candidates of their choice.