Yola Federal High Court presided over by Justice Abdul-Azeez Anka has ruled in favour of accelerated hearing in a case challenging the authenticity of member representing Madagali constituency in Adamawa House of Assembly, Mr. Emmanuel Tsamdu, as the candidate of APC in 2019 election.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the immediate past chairman of Madagali Local Government Council, Mr. Yusuf Mohammed, is challenging the nomination of the incumbent (Tsamdu), who, he alleged, did not participate in the APC primaries held on October 7, 2018, as its candidate for the Madagali State Constituency.
Other defendants are the APC and INEC.
Mohammed is asking the court to declare null and void, the replacement of his name with that of Tsamdu, and to declare him as the authentic candidate of the APC for Madagali state constituency
Ruling on the request for accelerated hearing by counsel to the plaintiff, Justice Anka said, based on the nature of the case and the fact that two months had lapsed out of the required 180 days required for the case, the court has given 10 days, as against three weeks, for counsels to conclude all court processes.
Anka also granted the plaintiff request to serve the APC and INEC all processes through their offices in Yola.
Earlier, at the mention of the case on Thursday, counsel to the plaintiff, Mr. Akanmode Abayomi, who pleaded for accelerated hearing in view of the approaching election, suggested two days for filing and responding to court proceedings.
Abayomi argued that the matter to be determined by court was just one issue, which is who, between his client (Mohammed) and Tsamdu, who also tendered a different result sheet, has the authentic result sheet for APC House of Assembly primary.
In his response, counsel to Tsamdu and APC (1st and 2nd respondents), Mr. Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), argued that three weeks was the period approved by law and that there was no law that said pre-election matter must be determined before the election.
Justice Anka however fixed January 25 for further mention of the case.