Suit seeking for Gov Wada, five others’ sack holds on May 12 in Abuja

A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed May 12 for judgment in a suit seeking to sack Kogi State Governor Idris Wada.

Kogi Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi and Governor Idris Wada
Kogi Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi and Governor Idris Wada

Justice Abdulkadir Abdul Kafarati gave the date after listening to arguments from lawyers to the parties in the suit instituted by a chieftain of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Kogi State, Mohammed Jamiu Audu.

Other defendants in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Jibrin Isa Echocho, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Governor Abubakar Audu and the Attorney- General of the Federation.

The plaintiff said the process leading to the conduct of the December 3, 2011, Kogi governorship election was allegedly manipulated by INEC.

Audu, who queried the legitimacy of INEC’s decision to substitute him and Obaje with Abubakar Audu in the election, argued that the process that produced Wada as the PDP’s candidate for the election violated the Electoral Act, particularly Section 33.

The plaintiff wants the court to, among others, declare that he is the valid and legitimate winner of the election and declare him governor.

Mackings Nezianya adopted his final written address filed with his originating summons. He also argued his counter affidavit to the separate objections filed INEC, Wada and PDP. The other defendants failed to respond to the case.

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