Appeal Court upholds Abdulrazaq governorship candidature

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The Court of Appeals sitting in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital on Tuesday upheld the nomination of the state All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq.

The court set aside an earlier ruling by the state High Court.

A Kwara state High Court had last year ruled that the dissolved Ishola Balogun-Fulani executive is the authentic exco, thus nullifying any candidate produced by the Bashir Bolarinwa executives.

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The court also held that state high court lack powers to entertain any suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a unanimous judgement on the interlocutory appeals filed by the APC, Justice Hamma Akawu Barka, who read the ruling, said the originating summons by the Balogun-Fulani’s faction was not sealed by the registry and that robs the court of jurisdiction.

He upheld all the four grounds of appeal filed by the APC and set aside the ruling of the Kwara State High Court which was given on Oct 24th, last year.

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It added that the case of the Ishola Balogun-Fulani was defective in all ramifications. The court said the nomination of AbdulRazaq by the APC National Working Committee was in order.

It said a state executive committee of a party is just a branch of its national headquarters and so has no power or right to conduct any primaries to the offices of the president, governor, National Assembly or State Assembly positions.

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By the ruling, the dissolution of the Ishola Balogun-led APC Executive in Kwara State by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole led National Executive Committee now stands.

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