A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has declared Mohammad Abacha as the duly elected governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 gubernatorial election in Kano State.
The presiding judge, Justice A.M Liman, in a judgement on Thursday, nullified the primary election that produced Sadiq Wali as Kano PDP governorship candidate and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove his name for Muhammad Abacha.
Abacha had dragged the PDP and INEC through court over the substitution of his name with Wali.
Abacha had prayed the court to compel INEC to stop his substitution as the governorship candidate of the PDP in Kano.
The internal crisis wrangling in the Kano State chapter of the PDP had led to parallel primaries that produced Abacha and Wali as candidates of the party ahead of the 2023 governorship election in the state.
The originating summons filed by Abacha’s lawyers, J.Y. Musa (SAN) and Reuben Atabo (SAN), has INEC, Sadiq Wali, PDP, and Wada Sagagi as defendants.
Abacha argued that he was the right winner of the PDP primaries which was held on May 25 and was monitored by INEC in which he polled 736 votes against the 710 scored by Ja’afar Sani Bello before his name was substituted with that of Wali.
He asked the court to stop the PDP and its state chairman, Sagagi, from presenting Wali as the Kano gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 general election.