By; SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri
A Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri as on Tuesday August 30, 2022, ordered for fresh elections to be conducted for the candidate for House of Representatives for Askira- Uba/ Hawul Federal Constituency of Borno State.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Jude Dagat, in her judgement, ordered that fresh elections be held in 14 days so that a candidate could be sorted out for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the earlier elections had been nullified for lack of adherence to the 2022 Electoral Act and the PDP Constitutions.
It would be recalled that Dr. Midala Usman Balami had filed a motion on notice challenging the propriety of the primaries conducted by the PDP which was said to have been supervised by INEC at a different venue from the one specified by the party’s constitution and INEC Law.
Justice Jude Dagat ordered that only the previous contestants namely, Dr. Midala Usman Balami, Alhaji Yerima, Engr Daniel Bassi and Major Dika Nggada are to participate in the elections.
Reacting to the judgment, counsel to the Plaintiff, Gbenga Ayoola and Ibrahim H. Nggada stated that the ruling of the court is an assurance to the common man that there is hope in democracy.