The Jigawa State High Court sitting in Dutse has dismissed a case filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, faction led by the 2019 governorship candidate in the state, Aminu Ibrahim-Ringim, over the conduct of the party congresses in the state.
Recall that Mr Ringim had dragged the Governor Sule-Lamido-led faction of the party before the court, seeking the stoppage of the conduct of the party congresses in the state.
But while delivering his judgement on Friday, the presiding judge, Justice Musa Ubale dismissed the case, describing it as intra-party affairs.
He ruled thus: “This matter deals with the congresses of the 1st dependent to choose or elects its leadership in the wards, local and state government levels in Jigawa which is purely an intra-party dispute and thereafter not justiciable no further proceeding would help the cases, this matter is hereby dismissed.”
Speaking to newsmen after the judgement, the lead counsel to the plaintiff, Ibrahim Aliyu-Nasarawa, expressed his reservation over the judgement, saying that they would review the judgement and head to appeal court.
“Our stand is that we strongly kick against any political party violating its constitution and abusing the rules, regulations and processes of the party,” he added.
On his part, the defending counsel, Sule Umar, expressed his gratitude over the verdict, saying: “The court has no jurisdiction to entertain any intra-party matter under the judicial authority in previous cases by appeal and supreme courts.”