2022 APC Primaries: Buhari’s Media Aide Suffer Defeat in Court

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: Mustapha Gambo Muhammad

The Federal High Court sitting in Kano presided over by Justice A.A Liman on Wednesday dismissed a case by President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide Bashir Ahmad, challenging the victory of Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya at All Progressive Congress (APC) primary for Gaya/Ajingi/Albasu Federal Constituency held on 25th May, 2022.

In his judgement, Justice Liman maintained that the plaintiff failed to proof the allegations of thump print of multiple ballot votes, depriving his 85 delegates rights to have access to election venue.

The court similarly said he who alleged must to proof beyond any doubt, stressing that the plaintiff has failed to discharge the burden lies on his shoulder as plaintiff.

It could be recalled that Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya emerged victory with 109 votes during the primary election for APC Gaya/ Ajingi/Albasu Federal Constituency.

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Dissatisfying with the result, Ahmad approached the court praying it to nullify the election and order for a fresh election to be conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, however in his judgement Justice Liman said the election was conducted in line with the provisions of Electoral Act 2022 as amended.

Barrister Abubakar Muhammad from Nuraini Jimoh Law Firm thanked the court for delivering a sound and well considered judgment.

On his side, counsel to Bashir Ahmad, Barrister Lawan Idris said they will test the judgment at the court of appeal.

After the court ruling, the serving member of the constituency said the judgment that declared him winner of the Primary Election And Candidate of House of Representatives of Gaya, Ajingi, Albasu Federal Constituency of Kano State for the party is a victory for justice.

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Also in a press statement, issued to news by his senior legislative aide Ibrahim Umar said “I welcome the decision of the Judge of the Federal High Court, Kano, it is a victory that stands for justice. It is now time to set aside our differences and close ranks for the impending battle, for all is to wage extensive campaign for APC’s victory in the coming 2023 general elections”.

Hon. Abdullahi Mahmud Gaya also thanked all his supporters for their fervent prayers and unflinching support saying, he will continue working hard in the consolidation of emerging human and infrastructural developments made across the nook and cranny of the constituency adding as a serving member I had touched the lives of my constituents in a very positive way.

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