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JUST IN: Supreme Court dismisses Ibrahim Little’s appeal, says Abba Yusuf authentic Kano PDP guber candidate

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal file by a Kano PDP gubernatorial aspirant, Ibrahim Ali-Amin (Little), challenging the nomination of Abba Yusuf as the candidate of the the party.
The apex court said the appeal was dismissed for want of diligent prosecution.
The seven-member panel of justices led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour therefore unanimously held that the appeal lacked merit and dismissed same.
On April 18, a Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna upheld the appeal Mr Yusuf, challenging a Federal High Court’s order that sacked him as the party’s candidate.
Delivering the judgement, Justice Tanko Hussaini said the Federal High Court judge in Kano erred in law by assuming jurisdiction without the plaintiff, Ibrahim Little, joining the necessary party, Abba Yusuf.
The judge also said Mr Little lacked locus standi to institute action challenging the process that he did not participate in.
On March 4, a Federal High Court sitting in Kano sacked the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Abba Yusuf, in the state.
The presiding judge of the Court 1, Lewis Allagoa, ruled that the PDP did not conduct governorship primary election in the state.
Mr Little, had approached the court, challenging the process that led to the emergence of Mr Yusuf as PDP gubernatorial candidate in Kano, saying Mr Yusuf emerged as a candidate through unlawful process.

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