2023: NNPP drags INEC to court, seeks disqualification of Kaduna APC candidates

The New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP), has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before Justice Hadiza Shagari, of a Federal High Court, sitting in Kaduna.

The party is challenging the list of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates for Governorship and State Assembly seats for the 2023 General Election published by INEC on July 22.

The NNPP alleged that the candidates did not emerge through a legal process or due process as prescribed by the Electoral Act and other extant laws. The party is, therefore, asking the court to compel INEC to do the right thing by removing the candidates of the APC from the list of eligible candidates for the 2023 General Elections in the State.

The case, which came up for mention in Kaduna yesterday, was adjourned to Sept. 15 for hearing. The presiding judge, Justice Hadiza, explained that the case was adjourned because all the parties were yet to be served by INEC the critical documents and processes it filed to the court.

The NNPP Lead counsel, Wole Agunbiade, (SAN), had informed the court that he was yet to be served by INEC. On his part, APC Lead Counsel, Sule Shu’aibu said he was served, adding however that he needed more time to process all the documents, and thereafter appealed for time to file his motions.

Counsel to INEC, Halima Gachi, had earlier told the court that she was not certain that all the parties were served, explaining that she took over the case from her colleague in the office.

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