BY: VALENTINE ADESE
The Federal High Court (FHC) sitting in Jos, has declared that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has no candidate in the rerun election for the Member representing Langtang South Constituency seat in the Plateau State House of Assembly.
The FHC in its judgment today, also declared that by virtue of section 31 of the Electoral Act, (as amended) the Independent National Electoral Commission, (being the 1st defendant), is not entitled to receive any list or name of any candidate as nominated from the PDP for election into the Langtang South Constituency of the Plateau State House of Assembly.
The Presiding Judge Hon. Justice Musa Haruna Kury, in his judgment also declared that by virtue of sections 32 and 33 of the Electoral Act, PDP is not entitled to substitute or change its disqualified candidate for the purpose of participating in the rescheduled election for Langtang South Constituency of Plateau State House of Assembly.
Although the Counsel to APC, W. L. Jetcwat (Esq) has commended the Judgment as “sound and on merit,’ the Defendants Lawyers were not in court to react as they were not present.
In his reaction to the Judgment, the APC candidate for the rerun election, Mr. Jackson, while commending the judgment said, “this is Democracy at work. The Judiciary has continued to establish itself as the last hope of the common man as they are doing what the people want.”
You would recall that the APC had approached the FHC by way of Originating Summons in Suit No: FHC/J/CS/10/2016, seeking the court to determine whether by virtue of sections 31 and 33, of the Electoral Act, INEC can lawfully receive fresh nominations of candidates outside the period prescribed for nomination.
Details on the Judgment coming soon!