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Aisha Dahiru “Binani” Takes Legal Action Against INEC Over Nullification of Governorship Declaration

In a recent development, Aisha Dahiru, popularly known as “Binani,” the governorship candidate representing the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 18th gubernatorial election in Adamawa State, has filed a fresh suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Binani is contesting the nullification of her earlier declaration as governor of the state.

According to reports, Binani, through her legal representative, Michael Aondoaka, SAN, lodged the new suit before Justice Donatus Okorowo of the Federal High Court in Abuja. The ex-parte motion, identified as FHC/ABJ/CS/935/2023, names INEC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its candidate, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd respondents, respectively.

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Binani seeks a judicial review of INEC’s decision to reverse her victory, which was initially announced by Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Adamawa State. Aondoaka argued that the responsibility to determine Binani’s fate lies with the election petition tribunal, in accordance with Section 149 of the Electoral Act, 2022.

In his submission, Aondoaka noted that INEC’s decision would deprive Binani of the provisions outlined in Section 285(6) of the Electoral Act, which grants a 180-day period for the resolution of her petition filed before the tribunal on May 6. He informed the court that a similar suit had previously been filed before Justice Inyang Ekwo, who directed Binani to approach the election petition tribunal due to the matter’s election-related nature.

Aondoaka, therefore, requested a review of INEC’s action, emphasizing that an undertaking had been presented to prove the seriousness of the case. The legal team expressed their readiness to face any costs should the court find their case to be frivolous.

After listening to Aondoaka’s arguments, Justice Okorowo temporarily adjourned the matter to deliver a ruling.

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The dispute surrounding the nullification of Aisha Dahiru’s governorship declaration has stirred significant attention and legal debates. Binani’s determination to seek redress in court reflects her commitment to fight for the position she believes she rightfully won. The legal battle between Binani and INEC has raised questions about the transparency and credibility of the electoral process, not only in Adamawa State but also across the nation.

The outcome of this case carries implications beyond individual aspirations. It has the potential to shape future governorship elections and influence the confidence of political candidates and voters alike. The judiciary’s role in upholding the principles of justice and fairness is of utmost importance to maintain the integrity of the electoral process and ensure public trust in democratic institutions.

Aisha Dahiru’s decision to take legal action demonstrates her determination to protect her rights and seek justice through the due process of the law. As an influential female candidate and representative of the APC, her fight to reclaim her victory resonates with many across Adamawa State. The support and attention garnered from this legal battle may have a profound impact on the political landscape in the region.

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It remains to be seen how Justice Okorowo will rule on this matter. A favorable ruling for Binani could potentially pave the way for her return as the governor of Adamawa State. Conversely, an unfavorable outcome may necessitate exploring further legal avenues or accepting the decision and moving forward.

The eyes of the nation are witnesses to the unfolding drama, as Aisha Dahiru, popularly known as “Binani,” takes on INEC over the nullification of her gubernatorial victory. The outcome of this high-stakes legal battle will undoubtedly shape the political landscape, not only for the people of Adamawa State but for the broader spectrum of Nigeria’s democracy.

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