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Court refuses to join Buni in suit against Andy Uba’s candidacy

By Chijioke Odunze


A Federal High Court 4 sitting in Abuja, presided over by Hon. Justice R. A. Mohammed, today adjourned sitting in the case brought against All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Andy Uba and INEC to September 21,2021 for hearing.

The court had also ddclined to join Gov. Mai Mala Buni, Governor of Yobe State and Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of APC as fourth respondent in the suit, relying on Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Chief George Moghalu, one of the 14 aspirants who was supposed to contest the June 26,2021 primaries of APC brought the matter to court, through Goddy Uche, SAN leading other counsels and seeking to delist Sen. Andy Uba as candidate in the election, since the primaries failed to hold.

The court however ruled that the applicants have the powers to join any necessary party in the matter, overruling the arguments of Andy Uba that all parties must be joined with 14 days of the cause of the suit.

The court, found it as a fact that Mai Mala Buni is a necessary party, but held that it was constrained by the constitutional immunity provided for in Section 308.

Chief Moghalu was present in court alongside Chief Edozie Madu and Col.(Arc) Geoff Onyejegbu (Rtd.) and scores of supporters.

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