2019: Shehu asks court to stop Makarfi, Hunkuyi from contesting PDP Kaduna North Senatorial ticket

Ahmad Rufai Shehu (Ubale), the only party member who obtained the nomination form for Kaduna North Senatorial District, has filed an application at the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking to restrain the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, from nominating any other candidate.

Ex-Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi is now seeking the senatorial ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Kaduna North having failed to secure the party’s presidential nomination.

Interested in the ticket also is Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi who, himself failed to secure the PDP’s governorship ticket and Ahmad Rufai Shehu (Ubale) the only PDP member who initially obtained the party’s nomination form.

However, Shehu has approached the Federal High Court, Abuja to restrain the party from taking the ticket away from him.

In the application which was filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja on Friday, copies of which were circulated to journalists on Saturday asked the court to prevail on the PDP and INEC to stop the party from fielding either Makarfi or Hunkuyi.

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Shehu asked the court for an, “order of injunction restraining PDP and INEC from fielding and sponsoring Hunkuyi and Makarfi or any other candidate for the 2019 Kaduna North Senatorial District seat without conducting primary election.

He told the court , “that the primaries for the Senatorial seat were scheduled to take place on October 2, 2018, but the election committee postponed same without any justification.

“That the primary elections in the other two senatorial districts of Kaduna State have been conducted. However, it is only Kaduna North Senatorial District that the primary has not been conducted.

“I wrote a letter to the Chairman Election Petition Committee of PDP, Kaduna State on October 6 and submitted it on the 8th of October.

“I have not received any response from the Chairman Election Petition Committee of PDP, Kaduna State with respect to the aforesaid letter.”

Against that background, Shehu urged the court to declare as follows:

“A declaration that the claimant having purchased Nomination Form for Senatorial Primary Election of PDP for Kaduna North Senatorial seat (Zone 1) and has satisfied all the legal requirements to contest, is entitled to participate in the primary election of the party.

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“A declaration that the claimant having completed and complied with every requirement of law and qualified to contest the primary for Kaduna North District is entitled to participate in the primary election of the party.

“An order that any act of 1st (PDP) and 2nd (INEC) defendants in fielding and sponsoring the 3rd (Hunkuyi) and 4th (Makarfi) defendants and / or any candidate without duly conducted primary for the senatorial seat is invalid and illegal to that effect.

“An order of injunction restraining the defendants(PDP, INEC, Hunkuyi and Makarfi) either by themselves, agents, privies, assigns, authorized representatives or howsoever described from fielding and sponsoring Hunkuyi and Makarfi and / or any other candidate for the 2019 Senatorial seat of Zone 1(Kaduna North) in Kaduna State without conducting primary election.

“An order of mandatory injunction directing the 1st Defendant(PDP) to conduct primary election for the Senatorial Seat of Zone 1, Kaduna State.”

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