The non-appearance of Justice Nehizina Idumudia-Afolabi of the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State, has held back the continuation of the hearing of a case filed by a senatorial aspirant of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Labaran Magaji, over the Nasarawa West senatorial region primaries.
Magaji is challenging the emergence of Arc. Shehu Tukur as the APC Senatorial candidate from the zone.
Journalists report that Magaji had taken the party and Tukur to court over alleged abnormalities during the election.
Tending to reporters at the Court on Wednesday, the lead counsel to the plaintiff, Barr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), said the judge couldn’t come to the court, due to unforeseen circumstances beyond her reach.
Raji said, “We are in the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia in our numbers to register our solidarity for Magaji because he is our friend, a colleague, classmate and law schoolmate and today the entire law school set of 2005 which he also belongs to have decided to join forces with him.
“We are ready to swim with him. We are ready to win the case for him, whatever our duty as his classmates in law school, we will do and ensure that we get justice at the end of the case. We are not protesting, rather we are here to protect the right of our own because he has a right to be protected, and we must protect that right.”
According to him, the adjournment was not man-made, yet the desire of God, saying that the judge is human, and such things will undoubtedly occur.
The counsel to the plaintiff, nonetheless, asserted that he was in court alongside some of his colleagues to seek justice, repeating that justice should never be forfeited or compromised for anything
He, nonetheless, expressed good cheer that at the end of the whole deliberation, the court would do justice to the matter.
On his part, Labaran Magaji has promised not to relent until he gets justice in the ongoing suit against the APC candidate for the Nasarawa West senatorial constituency.
Magaji admonished his supporters to keep quiet and work for the success of the party in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Be that as it may, counsel to the first defender(Shehu Tukur, APC Senatorial competitor), Dr. Mubarak Adekilekun expressed that the deferment was not a shortcoming of anyone.
He said they would be in court on the next adjourned day to prove their case.
Our journalist likewise reports that both counsels to the plaintiff and defendant said that the case was concluded on September 7, 2022, for the continuation of the hearing.