From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi
The Federal High Court, sitting in Birnin-Kebbi has yesterday commenced the hearing on alleged irregularities in the primary elections of the All progressives Congress (APC) conducted at Dandi/Arewa Federal constituency of the House of Representative in Kebbi State, last year.
A candidate Umar Abdullahi Kamba who challenged the primary election file pre-elections court case against the party and INEC for turning the result in favor of a seating Hon. Hussain Kangiwa and withdrew his name from the INEC list.
In the suite number, FHC/KB/CS/7/2019, the plaintiff was asking the Court to order the INEC to recognise him as the party House of Representative candidate.
At the Court sitting on Monday,Counsel to the Plaintiff, Illo Katuni Sanusi(SAN) expressed concern over defence Counsels dragging the matter which was pre- election issue ,argued that the Court only has only a month to determine the case.
Sanusi informed the Court that his client had filed the case since 30th October,2018 and the Electorate Act stipulated 180 days for such a case to be heard, stressed that he and his team are ready to proceed on the matter.
He urged the Court not to entertain submission of applications, further applications from the Defence Counsels, which he argued, prolonged the matter unnecessarily.
Counsel to the first Defendant, APC, Babatunde Ogala (SAN) had sought for the adjournment to enable him and other parties in the matter to file all necessary applications, courter affidavits related to the case to enable the Court pronounced ruling on pending issues and continue hearing on the case.
Ogala dismissed the Plaintiff Counsel that defense Counsels were dragging the matter with application, further applications ,maintained that he was appearing before the Court for the second terms and it would be unfair from the Plaintiff to have said they are dragging the matter.
He prayed to Court to adjourn the case for a week to enable him to file all necessary documents, and promised not put the Court into ransom if granted short adjournment.
Counsel to the second defendant,Hon. Hussein Kangiwa, Barrister Hussein I Zakariya also aligned with the first defendant Counsel submission, seeking adjournment to enable him to file all necessary applications.
Also,Counsel to the INEC, Barrister Tafariki Muhammed also concurred with other defence Counsels on the adjournment of the case.
In his ruling,Justice Bassey Onu adjourned the case till 18 February, 2019 to enable all parties in the matter filed necessary documents before the Court for determination and further hearing.