By Felix Ekwu
A Federal High Court sitting in Kano State has ordered that statutory delegates can vote at convention, congress or meeting of political parties in Nigeria.
Giving the order yesterday Friday, June 3, 2022, in a case marked SUIT NO. FHC/KN/CS/137/2022/, Justice A. M. Liman said, “That Section 84(8) cannot be interpreted to have excluded statutory delegates from voting at the convention, congress or meeting by virtue of Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Article 20(iv)(c) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Constitution, which allow Statutory Delegation to vote at convention, congress or meeting”.
The order of the court was based on the Originating Summons dated May 23, 2022, and filed on May 24, 2022.
The plaintiffs in the case were Senator Mas’ud El-Jibrin Doguwa, Hon Habibu Sani and Hon Bilyaminu Yusif Shinkafi.
Defendants in the case were the Senate President, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
According to the judgment order sighted by NewsNet Nigeria, the 2nd filed a counter-affidavit in opposition to the Originating Summons dated June 1, 2022, while the 1st, 3rd and 4th Defendants did not file any process in the suit.