Kano PDP guber: Kwankwaso’s in-law to know fate Jan 14

Kano PDP guber: Kwankwaso’s in-law to know fate Jan 14

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Kano PDP guber: Kwankwaso’s in-law to know fate Jan 14, | Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, the can­didate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2019 governorship election in Kano State, will know his fate as court slated January 14 to pass judgment over his disputed candidature.

Kano PDP guber: Kwankwaso’s in-law to know fate Jan 14, 

By Al-Mustapha Ado

Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, the can­didate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the forthcoming 2019 governorship election in Kano State, will know his fate as court slated January 14 to pass judgment over his disputed candidature.

On October 2, Alhaji Yusuf, a son in-law to former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, emerged winner of the PDP primaries after polling 2,421 votes to de­feat his distant second, Alhaji Jaafar Sani- Bello, who got 1,258 votes.

Dissatisfied with the outcome, Alhaji Sani-Bello dragged Alhaji Yusuf to Kano High Court 3, seeking to be declared the governorship candidate of the party as the latter breached Section 8 (8) of the party constitution as amended.

The section requires that anybody who defected from the party and seeks to rejoin shall write to ward secretary of his inten­tion to rejoin the party, which according to Sani-Bello his opponent did not do.

However, in an interview with The Triumph correspondent in Kano, counsel to Alhaji Sani-Bello, Abdul Fagge, revealed that the court adjourned the matter to Janu­ary 14 for judgement.

The Triumph observed that the judge­ment could be passed in favour of Alhaji Sani-Bello, as according to the lawyer, all the documents filed by Alhaji Yusuf to counter the plaintiff’s affidavit were not signed by the court.

“The process registrar of the court has not signed and stamped on all the docu­ments the defendant presented to the court to counter the affidavit of my client.

Kano PDP guber: Kwankwaso’s in-law to know fate Jan 14

“He submitted the documents, includ­ing his permanent voter’s card and party membership card to support his argument but the court is yet to authorise them,” Bar­rister Fagge said.

Fagge further stated that on the January 14, the High Court judge, Justice A. T. Ba­damasi would study all the arguments from the warring party and pass judgement.

It would be recalled that the embattled PDP governorship candidate had hired a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), in a bid to save his disputed ticket.

Appearing for the first time before Justice Badamasi, Alhaji Yusuf’s lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, moved an application for a motion to amend some processes before the court.

The lawyer sought to amend the process on the premise that Mr. Awomolo has taken charge as the new lead counsel.

Kano PDP guber: Kwankwaso’s in-law to know fate Jan 14

But, counsel to Sani-Bello moved to respond to the motion through an oral ap­plication as he was only served a day to the court sitting.

While calling on the court to disregard the application for lack of “competence,” Barrister Fagge stated that there was pleth­ora of authorities which supported his ar­gument.

He said the Kano High Court Rules 2014 does not contemplate the issue of changing lead counsel, and so the request to amend the process on that basis does not arise.

When contacted, Sani-Bello expressed optimism that the judgement would be passed in his favour in view of genuine ar­gument he said he presented to the court.

“I am 100% sure I will win the case because I have a ground to counter Abba Kabiru Yusuf’s arguments. All his docu­ments have not been signed by the court, this could give an edge over him,” said Sani-Bello.

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