The Kano State Government has rejected an Abuja High Court ruling that declared the APC Congresses of Governor Ganduje null and void, claiming that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.
On Tuesday, a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Abuja declared the Kano State All Progressive Congress (APC) congresses held by the Ganduje-led wing of the party null and void.
However, in response to the court’s decision, M. A Lawan, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, stated that the court’s reasoning cannot be upheld because the issue of jurisdiction remains open.
According to him, the Kano government will appeal the decision because the Ward Congresses in Kano were exclusively handled by the APC’s legitimate leadership, led by Abdullahi Abbas, at the time.
The Attorney General said they are going to study the Judgement and appeal it, assuring that they would certainly get a judgement in their Appeal.
The Abuja High Court presided by Justice Hamza Muazu upheld the congresses conducted by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau’s led faction of the party.
The Judge ruled that the Shekarau led faction, ”tagged G-7” conducted an election that was signed by the 7- man committee of the APC.
Reports that the Applicants in the suit are Muntaka Bala Sulyman with 17, 980 members of the party while the defendants are members of the All Progressive Congress in Kano.
The first defendant is Mai- Mala Buni, Caretaker Chairman, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, the National Secretary and the Independent National Electoral Commission, as the fourth defendant.
The court held that all the congresses conducted by the Ibrahim Shekarau led faction are valid.
The applicants were represented by Barr. Nuraini Jimoh, SAN and the defendants were represented by Barr. Sule Usman, SAN, M.N. Duru and Mashood Alabelewe.
However, Barrister M. A Lawan said it was not true to say that the other faction of Shekarau had conducted Wards Congresses which was the basis of them having judgement, “we are the only ones who conducted Congress in Ward levels on that day and the documents are there to show”.