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Court Dismisses Application By APC’s Binani Seeking To Stop Prosecution Of Suspended Adamawa REC, Yunusa-Ari

Saturday 28 October 2023

Hudu Yunusa-Ari
Hudu Yunusa-Ari

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday, struck out the application filed by Adamawa State’s All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Aisha Binani Dahiru, seeking to stop the prosecution of Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the suspended Adamawa Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC).

Recall that Hudu had illegally announced Binani as the winner of the March 18 governorship election.

However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) annulled the declaration and instead returned the incumbent Governor, Umar Fintiri.

The court had previously given an interim order, directing INEC, Attorney-General of the Federation and Inspector General of Police to put on hold the plan to prosecute Yunusa-Ari.

The interim order followed a motion ex parte filed by Binani, who sought the court’s interpretation on whether INEC could charge or arraign Yunusa-Ari when a tribunal sitting was ongoing on the outcome of the gubernatorial election.

INEC, in a statement, alleged findings from police investigations established a prima facie case against Yunusa-Ari.

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The commission subsequently filed a six-count charge against the ousted REC at the Adamawa State High Court in Yola.

Meanwhile Binani urged the court to restrain parties in the interim so that INEC could show why Yunusa-Ari, her star witness at the Adamawa gubernatorial election tribunal, should be prosecuted when the proceeding was ongoing.

However, in a Friday ruling, Justice Donatus U. Okorowo lifted the interim order, saying, “There is no order of this court extending the lifespan of this order on status quo.”

Okorowo held that it was not permitted under the law for a plaintiff to approach the Federal High Court to stop the proceedings at a court of coordinate jurisdiction.

He added that he lacks the power to bind a court of coordinate jurisdiction.

“On the whole, the INEC objection succeeds; this case is struck out,” Okorowo said.

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via: Information Nigeria

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