Zamfara APC guber eligibility: court adjourn hearing to April 27

Zamfara APC guber eligibility: court adjourn hearing to April 27

By Alex Uangbaoje

Federal High court sitting in Kaduna has declared 27th of April, 2015, for the hearing of eligibility case between Alhaji Bello Bara-u, one of the aspirants that wanted to contest the gubernatorial primary of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state and three others.

Announcing the date, the presiding Judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike, after listened to counsels to both the plaintiff and defendants, noted that 1st and 2nd defendants were not properly served hence the hearing could not hold.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Barrister Ugo Udoji, said his client, Bara-u, was refused to be issued the certificate of clearance that would prepare him for the primary after picking the nomination form.

“We have a matter. One of candidates in the last gubernatorial primaries of APC in Zamfara sate, who was refused to be issued the certificate of clearance, came the following day on the invitation of the panel for chat.

“They picked the certificate from him in the guise of taking it to the court for affidavit or whatever they may did. That brought us this way. He was not allowed to stand for the main primary after been certified. So we believed that it should be ventilated in the court of law.

“What happened today was that the matter came up today for mention. The Governor of Zamfara state, did not served the papers, so the processes were served on us today as well as APC filed their own process that were served on us today. And by the rules of court we allow seven days to respond to these applications. So the step we have taken is that all applications in the matter shall be taken together

One of Counsels to 3rd respondent, Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulazeez Abubakar Yari, Barrister Solomon Utuagha, said the action of the court over the matter was right, “It was right for the court to do so because most of the parties have not been served especially that of the second defendant, he was not served personally because the issue was in court and the court told the plaintiff to ensure that that particular person is served.”

The 1st and 2nd respondents been referred to were APC and unnamed member of the gubernatorial primary screening panel.

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