The Federal High Court in Birnin Kebbi, Tuesday, voided the election of a former governor of Kebbi state, Adamu Aleiro, as the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Kebbi Central district.
The trial judge, Babagana Ashigar, ruled in favour of Haruna Sa’idu who argued that he is the bona fide senatorial candidate of the PDP for the district.
Saidu sued Aliero, the incumbent senator of the district, the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for conducting a fresh primary for Kebbi Central senatorial district. He argued that the fresh primary contravened the Electoral Act 2022.
Sa’idu argued that he is alive, and did not withdraw from the contest. He claimed that his name was unlawfully substituted with that of Aliero, who defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP after a primary election was conducted.
Asghigar observed that when the first primary for the Kebbi Central was held, Aleiro was in APC.
He ruled that based on exhibits 2,21,23,24 tendered before the court, Sa’idu participated in the first primary where he was elected as the candidate having scored the highest votes while the first defendant, Aliero was still at the ruling party.