From Mathew Jwantu
The Niger state chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) has advised Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to resist pressures to sworn in a new Magama Local Government chairman due to the party’s appeal Court case against the lower court judgment in Minna.
The state APC chairman, Engr. Mohammed Jibrin Imam made the disclosure Wednesday at the party secretariat in Minna, while briefing newsmen on the speculations that a new chairman under the PDP would be sworn in following High Court 5 Judgement on 13the April 2020.
Imam declared that the case is already before the Appeal Court seeking a redress, therefore it will be counterproductive and embarrassment to the party and current administration if the governor did anything contrary.
He explained that the opposition political party PDP has the right to go to court but they must be guided by the laws and rules of the processes.
The chairman hinted that the party hitherto has 33 internal cases from the election which were won by getting them struck out by the court because of the APC Justice, fairness, and preserved for peace of the state by the party’s first article on nomination and campaign.
Engr. Imam noted that party appeal committee is in place who would punish party members who took the party to court without exhausting all avenues provided by the party hence retaining them will be tantamount to party’s integrity and progress.
The party Secretary, Barrister Mohammad Liman while
shedding more light on the matter said that “High Court 5 sitting in Minna on 4th April 2020 received summons file primary conducted on 10the September 2019 until March 2020 after sworn in of chairman of Magama local council, Salisu Ubandoma”
“Court then gave the victory to one Sufiyan Yahaya of PDP disqualifying the APC candidate over contradictory birth dates in his personal data form and school certificate” he stated
“The party has appeal to the judgment on 16the March 2020 and the incumbent chairman on 20th March 2020 also appealed the judgment for a stay of execution or injunction on appeal number CA/ABJ/2060/2020”.
“Section 243 Sub – Section 1 and 2 of the Constitution of Nigeria is clear that appeal should be within 21 days of the judgment as the status core must remain until the determination of the appeal case” he concluded.