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Primaries: Appeal Court affirms Sen. Na’Allah’s nomination

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division, on Saturday upheld the decision of Federal High Court, Birnin Kebbi, which struck out suit challenging the validity of Sen. Bala Na’Allah’s nomination during the All Progressives Congress, APC, primaries conducted in October 2018.

The suit filed by Sadiq Sule-Iko was challenging the nomination of Na’Allah as candidate of the APC Kebbi South Senatorial District.

The appellant prayed the appeal court to quash the lower court’s decision.

The judgement read by Justice Justice Frederick Oho, dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Respondent and granted the appellant’s prayer for amendment of originating summon.

Oho said judges considered arguments and submissions of all parties in the suit and arrived at upholding the lower court’s judgement.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lower court struck out the case on the grounds that it was not filed within 14 days as required by the constitution.

It further held that in spite of the alleged irregularities, intimidation, police harassment at the primary election of Oct. 3, 2018 and Oct. 4, 2018, the plaintiff failed to file the suit within the required time thereby rendering the case “incompetent”.

The court also faulted Sule-Iko’s counsel for not signing the writ of summons and not supplying valid information to the court.

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