A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Jigawa State, Hashim Ubale Yusufu, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the party’s primary which produced Governor Mohammed Badaru as the candidate of the party.
In the suit, Yusufu is contending that the outcome of the primary was an “indirect discrimination by the expulsion and disenfranchisement of members of the APC in Jigawa State during the congresses held in Jigawa State”.
He prayed the court for a perpetual injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, from receiving and further recognising Governor Badaru as the APC gubernatorial candidate for Jigawa State in the 2019 general elections.
In the originating summons brought by his lawyer, Mohammed Yunusa, the aspirant stated that the decision to change the primary from direct primary to indirect primary was taken without consulting stakeholders in the state and in disregard of the decision of the APC 6th regular National Executive Committee meeting dated 4th September, 2018 that it cannot validly conduct an indirect primary for the selection of gubernatorial candidate in Jigawa State without consultation and agreement with stakeholders.
He said he was made to purchase and submit the Expression of Interest Form and Nomination Form on 12th September, 2018 for the primary which was marred by irregularities.
Yusufu argued that purported primary that produced the candidate was not in compliance with sections 42(1), 222(b), 223(1)(a), 223(2)(a) and 228(b) of the Nigerian Constitution; Section 85(3) of the Electoral Act, 2010 and Articles 9.1(i-iv), 17(i) and 20 (a), i), (ii), (iii), (v) of the APC Constitution 2014.
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.