Bauchi, A High Court in Bauchi has restrained INEC from recognising a former Bauchi deputy governor, Alhaji Abdulmalik Mahmoud, as a senatorial candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state.
The order followed a motion on notice by a former member of the House of Representatives, Malam Faruk Mustapha, challenging his substitution as the duly elected ACN senatorial candidate for Bauchi-North Senatorial district in the April election.
The court, presided over by Justice M.T. Salihu, also restrained ACN from fielding Mahmoud for the election pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
Joined in the suit are the Action Congress of Nigeria, the Independent National Electoral Commission and Alhaji Abdulmalik Mahmoud as defendants/respondents while Mustapha served as plaintiff/applicant.
On Feb. 14, Mustapha had filed a motion seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining ACN and INEC from substituting his name with that of defendant or any other person as the duly elected ACN candidate for the senatorial district.
The plaintiff swore to a 27-paragraph affidavit and another seven-paragraph affidavit in support of his claims.
Hearing in the substantive suit is to come up on March 21.
1,000 dump ANPP for PDP in Adamawa
In Mubi, less than three weeks to the April general elections, more than 1,000 ANPP members have defected to the PDP in Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa.
The defectors, including the Adamawa ANPP Chairman, Alhaji Aminu Dantakarda and other leaders of the party, were received into the PDP at its zonal campaign rally in Mubi on Tuesday.
Addressing party supporters, Dantakarda said they joined the PDP to support the pro-poor development programmes initiated by the Gov. Murtala Nyako’s administration in the state.
“We joined the PDP with thousands of our supporters to continue with the socio-economic and human development programmes initiated in the last three years in the state.
“PDP has sound manifesto to transform Nigeria and enhance the growth of democratic governance in the country,” Dantakarda said.
Nyako, urged the youth to be productive and not allow themselves to be used by self- seeking politicians to foment violence.
He advised the youth against involving themselves in violence in order not to disrupt the the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in the state.
Nyako canvassed support for the Jonathan/Sambo presidential ticket and other PDP candidates, adding that the party had put up effective campaign strategies to sweep the polls.
The governor on the occasion presented flags to the Adamawa North senatorial candidate, Alhaji Bindo Umaru, and Mr Sunday Aguwa, Mubi North state constituency candidate. (NAN)