The Court of Appeal, Abuja, yesterday reversed an earlier judgement by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) upholding the congresses held by the ex-governor Ibrahim Shekarau faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State.
A three-man panel headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani held that the High Court of the FCT acted without jurisdiction in hearing a case about council and ward congresses conducted by Kano APC Kano. Justices Biobele Georgewill and B. I. Gafai are other members of the panel. The appellate court held that the dispute was not a pre-election one, but related to the internal affairs of the party, which should be decided by the leadership.
The court therefore set aside the judgment on November 30, 2021, by Justice Hamza Muazu. Following the struggle to control Kano APC, the faction loyal to Shekarau and the other to Governor Umar Ganduje on October 18, 2021, conducted parallel congresses. While the Ganduje faction returned Abdullahi Abbas as Chairman, Shekarau’s camp produced Ahmadu Danzago. But the national body endorsed the congresses conducted by Ganduje’s loyalists, a decision that was challenged by the Shekarau faction. However, Justice Muazu ruling in favour of Shekarau’s loyalists, forcing the Ganduje faction into appealing the judgment The Ganduje camp went wild in jubilation in Kano following the latest ruling on the matter, with supporters thronging Government House.