It has continued to go from bad to worse for the ruling party, as Amiru Idris of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who was elected as the House of Representative member representing Bakori/ Danja Federal Constituency at the last general election has been sacked from his position – An APC governor has also been suspended by the party.
Idris was given the booth after a Federal High Court sitting in Katsina, gave the order following a ruling that Engineer Yakubu Danja is APC’s rightful candidate for the election since he scored the highest votes at the the party’s primaries staged on October 5, 2018.
While delivering her judgment, the presiding judge, Justice Shagari also declared that APC did not observe three primary principles before substituting Danja’s name with that of Idris for the House of Representative election.
Justice Shagari said; “APC did not make formal application on the substitution of Danja’s name to INEC; neither did the party notify the commission about the substitution’’.
The presiding judge also added that APC did not state verifiable reasons necessitating the substitution of Danja’s name with that of Idris.
”The substitution of the plaintiff name( Engineer Yakubu Danja) with that of the second defendant (Amiru Idris ) as the first defendant(APC) candidate in the Federal House of Representatives election is null, unlawful and of no effect. The reliefs sought by the plaintiff are hereby granted and the originating summons succeeds.”
Justice Shagari dismissed the argument put up by Idris that thugs attacked delegates at the primary, and so the APC had the right to present a candidate of its choice for the election.
She said; “A mere letter of complaints and few pictures about thuggery attack put up by the second defendant do not change the fact that the plaintiff scored the highest figures at the primary. The law remains the law and it is trite. The aspirant with the highest number of scores should be declared winner’’.
Meanwhile, Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, has been suspended from the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the national leadership of the party, multiple sources within the party have confirmed to to the media.
It was learnt from several sources that Akeredolu was suspended by a party committee set up to look into his case.
On March 1, it was reported how the NWC of APC queried Akeredolu over his “glaring anti-party activities, which greatly affected the fortunes of our candidates in the recently-conducted presidential and national assembly elections in the state”.
On Friday, a high-ranking member of the APC in Ondo State confirmed the suspension, although he asked not to be named since the party was yet to make a formal announcement.
“It is true; the Governor has been suspended from the APC due to anti-party activities after he was issued a query by the national leadership of the party over anti-party activities,” he said. “Although the APC at the national level has not made an official announcement, we are 100 percent aware that he has been suspended.”
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