Trial of Suspended Adamawa REC Hudu Ari Put on Hold

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the ongoing trial of the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Adamawa State, Hudu Yunusa Ari, should be put on hold.

Justice Donatus Okorowo ordered the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to maintain the status quo ante bellum.

He held that parties should stay the action pending when the respondents show course why the court should not grant the motion filed by Senator Aishatu Dahiru Binani, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the last election.

The ruling was on a motion ex-parte filed by Binani’s lawyer, former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Mike Aondoaka (SAN).

Justice Okorowo was of the view that since issues relating to the conduct and outcome of the election were before a tribunal and parties have submitted to the law, parties should maintain status quo ante belum pending the order to show course.

The judge ordered the respondents, AGF, IGP, and INEC, to appear in court to show the course why the order sought by the Binani should not be granted.

He adjourned until July 18 for the respondents to appear and show cause.

Before the ruling, Aondoaka said he filed a motion seeking the court’s interpretation of Section 144 of the Electoral Act 2022.

He also prayed for a preservative order for parties to maintain the status quo on issues relating to the case, pending the determination of his client’s substantive suit, marked: ABJ/CS/935/2023.

Aondoaka told the court that his client was challenging the outcome of the election at the tribunal and has Ari listed as his main witness.

The SAN said Ari was being harassed and prevented from giving evidence.

He said if the court did not intervene, and the alleged harassment of the suspended REC persists, it would jeopardize his client’s case before the tribunal.

The ex-AGF then prayed to the court to halt the alleged harassment of his client’s star witness.

Binani is challenging INEC’s declaration of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Ahmadu Fintiri, as the winner.

Ari, a lawyer, courted controversy during the re-run governorship election.

He declared the Binani as the winner while the collation of results was ongoing.

INEC overturned his declaration, concluded the collation, and announced Fintiri as the winner.

Following the nationwide uproar Ari’s move generated, former President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the incident.

INEC last Thursday said it had filed a six-count charge against Ari.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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