The supreme court of Nigeria, on Friday, declines to unseat Aminu Tambuwal as the governor of Sokoto state. The court ruled that the case brought forward by Umaru Dahiru challenging the nomination of Tambuwal as the APC guber candidate in the 2015 elections should be retried at the federal high court, Abuja.
Dahiru lost to Tambuwal in the December 2014 APC governorship primaries.
In a judgement written by Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammed JSC, and read by Hon. Justice CC Nweze JSC, the court held that rather than consider the case as mere academic exercise, the High Court should retry the case on its merit. Counsel to Tambuwal, Paul M. Kassim Esq, who led six other lawyers, said the defence are satisfied with the ruling and will get set for trial at the Federal High Court.
“Our position remains unchanged, that our client was validly nominated by the APC and was duly elected Governor by the good people of Sokoto State,” he told newsmen after the judgement. Even though Sokoto PDP had announced that they will not challenge the election of Tambuwal in 2015, they however, through case number SC/67/2016, sought to be joined as parties in Dahiru’s suit on the grounds that if it succeeds, Wali should be declared winner of the election.