A House of Representatives candidate, Alhaji Sani Yakubu-Noma has dragged his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) to court for allegedly substituting his name with a gubernatorial aspirant.
The case was mentioned before a Federal High Court sitting in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital presided over by Justice Babagana Ashigar.
It could be recalled that Yakubu-Noma was returned the flag-bearer of the party for Argungu/Augie federal constituency during the party’s primaries conducted in the area in May.
The name of the candidate was allegedly substituted with Engr. Garba Haruna, former Managing Director, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) and one of the PDP gubernatorial aspirants.
Garba Haruna is the first respondent, PDP second respondent while INEC is the third respondent.
Speaking to Journalists shortly after the court session, counsel to the complainant, Johnson Jocob-Usman said his client “is seeking judicial remedy in court because the substitution of his name by PDP and INEC is wrong in law and cannot stand.”
He submitted that: “Sani Yakubu-Noma contested the PDP election for Argungu/Augie federal constituency on May 23, 2022 and won.
“INEC monitored the election, PDP official report attested to the fact that Sani Yakubu-Noma won the election.”
The counsel said while his client was waiting to be given INEC form EC9 to fill and submit, he just saw a published name of Garba Haruna Argungu on the May 24, 2022 by INEC as the substantive party candidtate.
“Engr. Garba Haruna Argungu was an aspirant who contested for governorship seat of Kebbi state under the PDP and lost and having lost that election, there was no other room for him to come and have his name smuggled to INEC by PDP as they did.
“My client’s contention is that Garba Argungu never contested the federal constituency primaries of Argungu/Augie on the 23rd of may 2022.
“Therefore, the submission of his name by PDP to INEC is wrong in law,” he said.
In their submissions, counsel to 1st, 2nd and 3rd repondants, Hussaini Zakariya (SAN), Nura Bello and Godwin Obibike informed the court of their readiness for the commencement of the case.
They said all the processes were in the court, while all affidavits and counter affidavits as well as preliminary objections had been filled, assuring that every other things had been submitted to the court.
After listening to submission from both parties, Ashigar adjourned the case to Aug. 15 for further hearing.