KANO: Yusuf wins as court upholds his emergence as PDP governorship candidate

A Federal High Court ruling which sacked Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s governorship candidate in Kano state has been overruled by a Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna.

The court presided over by Justice Tanko Hussaini upheld the appeal filed by Engr. Yusuf and while delivering judgement on Thursday, the presiding judge stated that the Federal High Court judge erred in law by assuming jurisdiction without the plaintiff, Ibrahim Little, joining the necessary party, Abba Yusuf.

Justice Hussaini noted that Little lacked locus standi to institute action challenging the process that he did not participate in.

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Recall that Little had approached a Federal High Court challenging the emergence of Yusuf as the PDP gubernatorial candidate, saying Mr Yusuf emerged as a candidate of the opposition party through an unlawful process.

The Federal High Court had on March 4, nullified the governorship candidacy of Yusuf on the platform of the PDP, forcing the politician to appeal the ruling at the Court of Appeal.

The presiding judge of the High Court, Lewis Allagoa, at the time ruled that the PDP did not conduct governorship primary election in the state and therefore sacked Yusuf who now has the last laugh after all.

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