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Appeal court upholds AbdulRazaq as APC candidate

The Court of Appeals sitting in Ilorin the  kwara state capital has set aside an earlier ruling by the state high court and upheld the nomination of  AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq as the APC governorship candidate in the state.

The appeals court has also held that the state high courts lack power to entertain any suit against the INEC.

In an unanimous decision on the interlocutory appeals filed by the APC, Justice Hamma Akawu Barka, who read the ruling, said the originating summons by the Balogun-Fulani’s faction was not sealed by the registry and that robs the court of jurisdiction.

He upheld all the four grounds of appeal filed by the APC and set aside the ruling of the Kwara State High Court which was given on Oct 24.

The court said the nomination of AbdulRazaq by the APC National Working Committee was in order.

It said a state executive committee of a party is just a branch of its national headquarters and so has no power or right to conduct any primaries to the offices of the president, governor, National Assembly or State Assembly positions.

The appeals court also slammed the Kwara High Court for entertaining a suit against the INEC on the matter since it has no jurisdiction .

By the ruling, the dissolution of the Ishola Balogun-led APC Executive in Kwara State by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led National Executive Committee now stands.

Mohammad Rabiu

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