The lawsuit that the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Aisha Ahmed Binani filed to the Federal High Court in Abuja to be recognized as the winner of the governorship election held in Adamawa State has been denied.
However, despite the APC candidate’s request to have the case dismissed through her attorney, Mr. Mohammed Sheriff, Justice Ekwo denied it, stating that since the plaintiff had already been told by the court to resolve the case’s jurisdictional issue, dismissal was the proper order.
In an ex-parte appeal, Senator Binani had asked the court to halt the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from declaring any other candidate the victor of the Adamawa State governor’s race.
In the ex-parte application marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/510/2023, the plaintiff, applied for leave of the court to allow her to seek, “an order of prohibition and certiorari removing to this court for the purpose of being set aside the administrative decision of the 1st Respondent made on 16th April 2023 in respect of the declaration of the winner from the gubernatorial election of Adamawa State held on the 18th of March, 2023 and the supplementary election held on 15th April 2023.”
She also sort an order, “preventing the 1st Respondent, its agent, assign or any person acting on its behalf from taking any further steps towards the declaration of the winner from the gubernatorial election of Adamawa State held on the 18th of March and the supplementary election held on 15th April 2023, pending the determination of the application for judicial review”.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its candidate/current governor of the state, Ahmadu Fintiri, were identified as 1st to 3rd Respondents in the lawsuit, while the APC was listed as the 2nd Applicant.