Court Strikes Out Suit Challenging Nomination Of Adamawa Governor

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck a legal action challenging the nomination of Governor Muhammed  Jubrilla of Adamawa State as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 general elections.

The suit instituted by another governorship aspirant and chieftain of the APC in the state, Mahmud Ahmed, was struck out by the court on the ground that it has become a mere academic exercise.

Justice Iyang Ekwo, in his ruling on a preliminary objection, agreed with Governor Jubrilla that the suit would not confer any benefits to any of the two parties.

The judge held that since the governorship election has been conducted and the winner declared, the issue of nomination for a party that has lost in the election was of no consequent, having been overtaken by events.
Justice Ekwo said he declined jurisdiction to go into the substantive matter because the end result would be of no use to the two main parties in the matter.
Ahmed, who came second in the primary election that produced Jubrilla as APC governorship candidate, had instituted a case for disqualification of Governor Jubrilla on the ground that he supplied false information relating to his academic qualification to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He also applied for another order prohibiting the APC from submitting Jubrilla’s name to the INEC and that having come second should be used to substitute Jubrilla.
Justice Ekwo, who upheld the preliminary objection, agreed that there was no cause of action to pursue by the parties.

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