Abiru: High Court to hear disqualification suit by PDP against APC lawmaker on March 1

Abiru: High Court to hear disqualification suit by PDP against APC lawmaker on March 1

The Federal High Court, Lagos, on Friday, January 22, fixed March 1 for ruling in the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Lagos East Senatorial By-election, Babatunde Gbadamosi, seeking the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer, Tokunbo Abiru, from the election.

This was ruled by Justice Chuka Obiazor of the Federal High Court, Lagos.

1st News had also reported that Abiru was declared the winner of the December 5, 2020 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The judge picked the date after counsels to the parties had concluded their argument on the matter.

Gbadamosi had dragged INEC, Abiru, and APC to court; and asked the court to disqualify the senator for alleged double registration; and violation of section 31 of the Electoral Act, amongst others.

In the suit filed on its behalf by Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN), the PDP candidate asked the court to direct INEC to delete the name of Abiru and APC from the list of candidates and political parties for the bye-election.

In their responses, the respondents argued that the plaintiffs’ case lacks merit; as the candidate was duly nominated and also qualified for the by-election.

The APC was represented in the case by Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN); while Kemi Pinheiro (SAN) stood in for Abiru.

Meanwhile, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has berated the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, tagging him a ‘Muslim hater.’

Furthermore, the MURIC stated that the National Peace Committee (NPC) initiative of the cleric had lost credibility among Nigerians.

This recent accusation was contained in a statement issued by the Nigerian Islamic human rights organization director, Professor Ishaq Akintola; who said the group spoke following a revelation by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); that the NPC is a personal initiative of Kukah.

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“We received the information supplied yesterday by the Vice-Chairman (Northern Region) of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. John Hayab, with great relief. The CAN Vice-Chairman revealed that the National Peace Committee (NPC) is a non-governmental group convened by Bishop Kukah himself.”

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