Kano APC crisis: Finally, Gov Ganduje sinks former governor Shekarau before apex court
By Abdulgafar Oladimeji
The Supreme Court of Nigeria, Friday dismissed the appeal filed by the G-7 faction of the ruling All progressive Congress, APC led by former governor Ibrahim Shekarau challenging the ward and local government congresses conducted by governor Ganduje’s led leadership wing of the party.
The crisis in the state chapter began, when two ward and local government congresses were held in the state.
The Shekarau faction filed a suit challenging the parallel party congress conducted by the governor Ganduje’s faction.
Earlier, an FCT high court through an originating summons, granted the prayers by the Shekarau led faction squashing the congress conducted by the state party hierarchy headed Abdullahi Abbass , loyal to governor Abdullahi Umar Gnaduje.
Dissatisfied with the decision of the FCT High court, the Ganduje led faction approached the court of appeal with the request to set aside the decision of the FCT High court.
The court of appeal squashed the decision of the FCT high court, stating that the court erred in granting the request made to it by the Shekerau faction.
The Shekerau group popularly referred to as G7 ,also dissatisfied had proceeded to the Supreme court with a request for the apex court to upturn the verdict passed by the court of appeal.
They told the court that the congresses conducted by their faction should be pronounced ass duly conducted and recognized and those elected were the party leaders in all the 484 wards and 44 local governments that constitute the state.
Advocates to the Ganduje led APC faction urged the apex court to reject the prayers by the applicants.
The respondents told the court that the FCT court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the matter, abi intio.
Further arguing that the matter originated through wrong procedure, asking the court to dismiss the appeal.
The supreme court, in majority decision handed by justice Ibrahim Saulawa delivered Friday morning in its verdict the court held the position of the respondents, ruling that the matter should not have emanated through the process of an originating summons, therefore pronounced the appeal as dismissed.