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2023 : Supreme Court Upholds Nomination Of Mohammed Jega

The long legal battle on the authenticity of the candidate for Jega-Aliero-Gwandu Federal Constituency of Kebbi State under the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been laid to rest by the Supreme Court.

The Apex Court voided and dismissed the nomination of one Kabir Labbo Jega whose name was fraudulently submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the APC as its Candidate.

In a judgment prepared by Justice Uwani Musa Abba-Aji, the Supreme Court dismissed the suit of the APC instituted to support the nomination of the unlawful candidate.

The Apex Court while dismissing APC’S appeal restored one Mohammed Umar Jega as the lawful and authentic candidate that should be recognized by the APC and INEC.

This was predicated on the grounds that he emerged winner of the May 27, 2022 primary election of the party conducted in accordance with the provisions of the law by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC.

In the same vein, the purpoted nomination and submission of Labbo Jega was thrown out by the Court on the grounds that he emerged winner from unlawful primary election conduct by the State Working Committee SWC of the party.

The Court maintained that by the provisions of the law, only the National Working Committee (NWC) of political parties are empowered to conduct primary elections for the purpose of nominating candidates for elections.

The judgment of the Court of Appeal which had earlier been delivered against APC and in favour of Mohammed Umar Jega was affirmed.

The Apex Court however, did not award cost against the APC.

Cov/Garry Ochigbo EDITED BY GRACE NAMIJI

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