Nasarawa: Aspirant Drags APC To Court For Refusing To Declare Him Winner
Mr Mohammed Al-Basir, aspirant for Nasarawa/Toto Federal Constituency at the recently held primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has draged the party to a Federal High Court Lafia for refusing to declare him winner.
The aspirant also draged Mr Ari Abdulmumuni, incumbent member who also participated in the election alongside the party to court.
Speaking to journalists on Wednesday in Lafia shortly after the matter was adjourned, Mathew Bukaa, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and counsel to plaintiff said his client won the primaries the held on May 29.
“My client won the primaries for Nasarawa/Toto Federal Constituency and the party cannot arrogate to itself the powers of the court.
“If there is a declaration for winner in an election it is only the court that can upturn the result.
“Since there was a primaries and a winner had emerged, the party do not have the right to conduct another primaries for the same position,” the counsel added.
Bukaa said the plaintiff has be declared as winner therefore, they want the court to uphold that declaration because it has not been set aside by any court.
On his part Mohammed Al-Basir said he approached the court to seek for justice as he believed that the court is the last hope of a common man.
The aspirant explained that he decided to approach the court after writing three different petitions to the headquarters of the party.
Meanwhile, Justice Afolabi Nehizena the trail judge adjurned the case to August 3 to enable counsel to defenders file the necessary responses before the next adjourned