A Federal High Court sitting in Dutse, Jigawa state has nullified the election of Muhammad Haruna Idris who was earlier declared winner of the All Progressive Congress primary election for the seat of member representing Kazaure Constituency in the Jigawa State House of Assembly.
Delivering his judgment, the presiding judge of the court, Justice Hassan Dikko said Muhammad Haruna has not fulfilled the requirement for contesting the election based on the school certificates he presented.
“Also the court has ruled that, some of the delegates were disenfranchised during the primary election and that votes belonged to another candidate Barrister Bala Hamza Gada,” the Judge declared.
“Given that, the court has nullified the election of Muhammad Haruna Idris and also declared another contestant Barrister Bala Hamza Gada as the winner of the election.”
In his reaction to the judgment, the counsel of the complainant Barrister Ibrahim Sa’ad expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the judgment and described it as a victory for rule of law and democracy.
He noted that their next line of action is to notify INEC and APC of being a party in the suit, and requested them to abide by the court ruling by including the name of Barrister Bala Hamza in the ballot paper.
Also in his remarks, Barrister Bala Hamza who is also a serving member representing the constituency said the judgment is a victory for the rule of law and called on his opponent to come and join hands for the victory of APC at all levels.