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Court Sacks Mohammed Abacha As PDP Gov. Candidate

Abacha is the son of the late military dictator, Sani Abacha.15 days to the 2023 general elections, the Court of Appeal, Kano State, set aside the judgment of a High Court which recognised Muhammad Abacha as the governorship flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. The appellate court subsequently ordered that Sadiq Wali, who was earlier recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Kano State, be restored at the party’s flag-bearer.

The PDP in Kano State had been engulfed in a leadership crisis which culminated in the emergence of two parallel gubernatorial candidates, Abacha and Wali. In a consensus judgment of the three-man panel read by Justice Usman Musale, the appellate court held that the law is clear, adding that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP can conduct the gubernatorial primary elections of a party.

The panel added that Abacha didn’t participate in the primary election conducted by INEC that produced Wali and therefore had no locus standi to challenge the said primary. Abacha is the son of the late military dictator, Sani Abacha. Muhammed Abacha has been mentioned in various court cases in Nigeria and abroad as being one of the channels his father used to steal billions of naira of public funds while in office.

He was detained by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration for several months for the alleged looting but the family later agreed to a deal with the Federal Government (FG).

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