PDP sues Kano electoral body for contempt of court


,The Kano State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), loyal to former governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has sued the Kano state electoral body, (KANSIEC) for contempt of court.

The State Party Chairman, Mr Shehu Wada Sagagi told reporters in his office on Wednesday in Kano, said the court case has been filed before Kano High Court, insisting that it should not recognise the other faction of the party as demanded by a court order.

“We have also filed before the court whether KANSIEC has the right to accept a candidate other than the one from the legally recognised executive of the party. This is what we want the court to determine” he said.

He disclosed that the PDP will not participate in the forthcoming Local Government elections slated for January 16.

Mr Sagagi also disclosed that “the chairman of the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission is either ignorant of the extant laws or he is just behaving like a politician”.

Recall that the other faction of the party loyal to Aminu Wali said they are participating in the election and presented their candidates before the electoral body.

According to him, the faction claiming that they will participate in the coming election, earlier took us to court and we won the case.

“That the National Executive Committee has the power to appoint, and whoever has the power to appoint has the power to reappoint and therefore dismissed their request.

“Which means the law recognises only the leadership of the then caretaker committee under Danladi Muhammad. And our election was conducted on December 12, 2020, then we were immediately sworn in.

“Put that aside, even if they disagree with that, everyone is aware that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has the supervisory power over all the political parties in Nigeria.

“If the Chairman of KANSIEC has any doubt, let him write a letter to the INEC to seek clarification. But they are not after that. They are trying to muscle us and we are not cowards” he stated

Mr Sagagi further said that if KANSIEC continues to recognise the other faction of the PDP, the chairman declared that their faction is ready to go to the Supreme Court if it so requires.

“We call on the judiciary to save this situation. We have presently filed a case of contempt against the person that is parading himself as chairman, and also the chairman of KANSIEC.





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