- Borno’s PDP approves the vote of no confidence in the president
- Hearing begins on the recusal of Taraba’s candidate
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that it oversaw the primary elections that produced Mohammad Abacha as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state.
Before the clarification, there was controversy over who the commission recognized as a gubernatorial candidate between Abacha and Sadiq Wali.
“As at the time the PDP primary was held in Kano, Shehu Sagagi was recognized by law as the party’s state chairman, who led the primary that produced Abacha,” said Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Riskuwa. Shehu told reporters in Kano yesterday.
However, Abacha and Wali emerged as winners of two parallel PDP primaries in Kano, with each claiming to be the genuine candidate.
On the ongoing voter registration in Kano, the REC said there were 369,651 applicants online, while 380,582 completed their registration.
IN Borno state, the party passed a motion of no confidence in its president, Zannah Gadama, who was suspended for a month by the seven-member State Work Committee (SWC).
Approving the no-confidence vote in a statement yesterday in Maiduguri, the party’s legal adviser, Abdu Jidda, revealed that Gadama MP Bunu Satomi is taking charge of PDP affairs in the state.
“Gadama’s leadership in the state has been compromised,” he said, describing the suspended president as a betrayal of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to him, the vote of no confidence and the suspension were based on the breach of the 2017 party constitution by not calling meetings of the executives and stakeholders.
He added that there were allegations of embezzlement of party funds and anti-party activities under Gadama.
MEANWHILE, the hearing on a lawsuit seeking the disqualification of Taraba State PDP gubernatorial candidate Kefas Agbu has started at Jalingo Federal High Court.
The plaintiff, Professor Jerome Nyameh, who contested the PDP’s candidacy for governor, is seeking Agbu’s disqualification because the latter did not purchase the expression of interest and nomination forms.
Don wants the court to, among other sentences, stop Agbu from running for governor on the PDP platform in the 2023 election.
Although the suit was adjourned until July 14, the presiding judge, Simone Amobeda, said proceedings had been filed in the matter. Describing the pre-election lawsuits as special issues, she said her court would expedite hearings on the lawsuit.