By Tina George, Minna
#TrackNigeria: The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that Senator David Umaru will not contest as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Niger East Senatorial Election.
It also declared that Alhaji Mohammed Sani Musa is the authentic candidate for the Senatorial District contest having polled 39,192 votes against 5,870 votes polled by Sen. Umaru during the party primaries held on October 2nd.
In his judgement, Justice Folashade Ogunbanjo said Sen. Umaru could not be made to supplant Musa when there was a clear gap between their votes.
She stated that the leadership of APC had acted in complete disregard to logic, the constitution as well as the party guidelines stressing that the days of party impunity was over and would not be tolerated anymore.
“The All Progressives Congress APC leadership acted in bad faith with total disregards for the electoral act, the constitution and party guidelines. Any act that negates party guidelines, the electoral act and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is an illegality and party impunity taken too far that cannot be tolerated,” the Judge ruled.
The court granted an order setting aside the nomination and submission of the name of Senator David Umar by the APC to INEC as its candidate for the Niger East Senatorial District at the general elections slated for February 16th 2019.
The court further declared Mohammed Sani Musa as the APC candidate for the Senatorial seat.
Meanwhile, Sen. Umaru is said to have filed an appeal against the judgement.