Muhammad Sani Abacha, Kano State’s Peoples Democratic Party’s factional governorship candidate, Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Independent National Electoral Commission before the state’s Federal High Court.
Abacha was seeking to be recognized as the PDP’s official candidate for governor of Kano State and to validate the primary election that produced him, which was overseen by the first defendant, INEC, according to a concurrent originating summons filed on Thursday.
The plaintiff is asking the court to compel Sadiq Wali, who INEC announced as the Kano PDP governorship candidate, to take his place.
According to Abacha, the primary election held on May 25, 2022, under the state party leadership of the fourth defendant, Shehu Wada Sagagi, was in accordance with the provisions of sections 84 (1) and (5) (b) I and (ii) of the Electoral Act 2022, and as a result, the first defendant was required to publish his name as the candidate of the third defendant, PDP.
In a similar vein, the plaintiff is asking for an injunction to prevent the first defendant, its officers, agents, or privies from endorsing the second defendant or anyone else other than the plaintiff as the third defendant’s legitimate and authentic candidate for governor of Kano State in the year 2023.
The INEC released Wali’s name as the Kano PDP governorship candidate on July 22, 2022.
However, on July 1, 2022, INEC had stated at a news conference in Kano that it recognized the PDP governorship primary election that had produced Abacha.
It was previously stated that the two rival candidates, Abacha and Wali, both prevailed in separate PDP primaries held in Kano, both claiming to be the legitimate party candidate for governor of the state.
Professor Risque Shehu, the Kano INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, had responded to inquiries from journalists during a press briefing by saying, “As far as the commission is concerned, the election conducted by Shehu Sagagi-led PDP faction is the authentic election because he was recognized by the law.”
He added, “As at the time the PDP Primary was conducted, Shehu Sagagi’s faction was the one recognised by the law, as the state chairman of the party in Kano State and is also the only elections that we deployed our staff to monitor.”
The plaintiff’s attorney, Barrister Saeed Mohammed Tudun-Wada, filed a lawsuit with the case number FHC/KN/CS/204/2022; the start date has not yet been set. Despite this, he expressed confidence that the court will right the wrong done to his client.