A FEDERAL High Court
in Abuja yesterday ruled
that it had jurisdiction to
hear and determine a suit
seeking an order declaring
Governor Abubakar Bagudu
of Kebbi State unqualified to
contest in the April 11, 2015,
governorship election which
he won.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola
held in a ruling that the court
had jurisdiction to entertain
some of the plaintiffs’ prayers
which he said qualified as
pre- election matters that fell
within the jurisdiction of the
Federal High Court.
The judge was delivering
ruling on the separate notices
of preliminary objection
against the suit filed by
the defendants comprising
Bagudu, his party, the All
Progressives Congress, and
the Independent National
Electoral Commission.
The plaintiffs are Bagudu’s
main opponent in the April
2015 election, Maj.-Gen. Bello
Sarkin-Yaki, and two others
– Anthony Itanyi and Sahabi
Through their lawyer, Mr.
Tochukwu Maduka, the
plaintiffs had instituted the
suit numbered FHC/ ABJ/
CS/312/2015, asking the
court to declare Bagudu
incompetent to contest the
governorship poll.
The plaintiffs asked the
court to disqualify Bagudu as
a candidate in the election and
remove him from office on
the grounds that the governor
gave false information in
the Affidavit of Personal
Particulars otherwise called
Form CF.001 submitted by
him to the INEC