Governor Idris Wada

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed with substantial cost, a suit filed by a chieftain of the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Kogi State, Mohammed Jamiu Audu, seeking to remove Governor Idris Wada from office.

The plaintiff claimed that the process which led to the conduct of the December 3, 2011, Kogi governorship election was allegedly manipulated by INEC in violation of the Electoral Act.

In dismissing the suit the judge said the case was the most frivolous and abusive of court process he ever heard.

Justice Abdul Kafarati upheld the preliminary objection of Wada?s lawyer, Chief Chris Uche, SAN. The judge said that the plaintiff had no locus to institute the case since he had nothing to do with Wada?s election. He further held that the subject matter of the suit was the election of Governor Wada and that a federal high court had no jurisdiction to entertain such a case.

Justice Kafarati also held that the plaintiff filed the case six months after the election and that made the suit a post-election matter which could only be entertained by the Kogi State Governorship Election Tribunal.

The judge asked the plaintiff to pay each of the four defendants N500, 000 as cost. In all, he would pay N2 million as cost. The defendants in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Wada, the People?s Democratic Party (PDP), former governor of the state, Abubakar Audu.

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