The Kaduna State section of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has hauled the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before a Federal High Court sitting in the state capital, seeking the disqualification of the All Progressives Congress candidates for governorship and state assembly seats over what it terms as illegal list produced by the commission.
In a suit filed at the court presided over by Justice Hadiza Shangai, the NNPP claimed that the candidates’ list published by INEC on July 22, for the 2023 general elections, didn’t emerge through a legitimate process or due process as prescribed by the Electoral Act and other extant laws.
The party, accordingly, requested that the court compel INEC to do the right thing by removing the candidates of the APC from the list of eligible candidates for the next year’s elections in Kaduna.
The NNPP Lead counsel, Wole Agunbiade (SAN), let the court know that he is yet to be served by INEC.
On his part, APC Lead Counsel, Sule Shuaibu, said he was served, adding nonetheless, that he wanted additional time to handle every one of the documents and from there on pursued for time to his motions.
In her submission, Counsel for INEC, Halima Gachi, let the court know that she isn’t sure that all the parties were served, explaining that she took over the case from her colleague in the office.
The case was adjourned to September 15 for a hearing.