Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday struck out a suit by Senator Umaru Dahiru, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC) seeking the removal of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as the Governor of Sokoto state.
The senator had last month filed an application to amend an originating summons seeking Tambuwal’s removal as Governor of Sokoto state.
Justice Kolawole had adjourned the matter till yesterday to rule on the plaintiffs application, which he said constitute a gross abuse of the process of the court and consequently, struck it out.
The judge also dismissed plaintiffs’ motion on notice dated January
30, 2017 and marked FHC/ABJ/CS/09/2017, which emanated from an earlier suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/11/2015, filed on January 27, 2015 by Senator Umaru Dahiru and Barrister Aliyu Abubakar Sanyinna, seeking Tambuwal’s removal from office on the basis that the governor was wrongly nominated by APC as the governorship candidate of the party in the election which held on April 11, 2015.
Last year, the Supreme Court remitted the case file marked FHC/ABJ/CS/11/2015, back to the Federal High Court for a fresh trial on the ground that, “there is life” in the case in spite of the conduct of the governorship election that produced Tambuwal.
The apex court had disagreed with Tambuwal in his claim that the case of the plaintiff challenging his nomination by APC had become “academic and hypothetical.” In the suit, the plaintiff is seeking the nullification of the return of Tambuwal as the governorship candidate of APC in the 2015 gubernatorial election in Sokoto state.
The application also sought the return of Dahiru in place of Tambuwal as governor of Sokoto state.
But the 1st defendant (APC) and 2nd defendant (Tambuwal) vehemently objected to the application of the plaintiffs.
However, ruling on the application for amendment filed by the plaintiff, Justice Kolawole apart from dismissing the application equally struck out the motion on notic