A federal high court sitting in Kano has disqualified Sulaiman Sumaila, a former aide of President Muhammadu Buhari, as the duly elected representative of Sumaila/Takai federal constituency of Kano at the national assembly.
Sumaila had resigned his appointment as senior special assistant to the president on national assembly (house of reps) to contest the election and he was declared winner.
But at the court on Thursday Lewis Allagoa, the presiding judge, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Sumaila “as he did not participate in the primary election of the party”.
The plaintiff in the suit, Shamsudeen Dambazau had approached the court, praying the nullification of Sumaila’s recognition by INEC as duly elected lawmaker.
He argued that Sumaila did not participate in the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC).