Some stakeholders have maintained that the current of Minister of Interior’s son is allegedly enjoying ‘Federal Might’ to set the seal as the new representative of the people of Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency of Kano.
Shamsuddeen Dambazau, son of the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a court ruling, had earlier been issued a certificate of return, which was formerly issued to to Kawu Sumaila, a former Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters.
The Federal High Court in Kano on April 18 disqualified Sumaila as the duly elected lawmaker on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dambazau had approached the court challenging the nomination of Sumaila as APC flagbearer on the ground that the former presidential aide never participated in the House of Representatives primary election.
Issuing the certificate of return on Monday, INEC National Commissioner, Amina Zakari, said the issuance of the certificate is on the order of the court.
“INEC is a law-abiding organisation and respects the rule of law hence the issuance of the certificate to Alhaji Muhammad Shamsuddeen,’’ Zakari said.
Dambazau had sued INEC, APC and Sumaila challenging the nomination of the latter as the candidate of APC.
He told the court through his counsel, Nuraini Jimoh, that Sumaila contested for the Kano South senatorial seat and lost to Kabiru Gaya.
Sumaila had contested the Kano South senatorial ticket of the APC. He lost to Senator Gaya.
Later, the state chapter of APC allegedly compensated him with House of Representatives ticket of the Sumaila/Takai Federal Constituency, which is also within the Kano South senatorial district.
The APC eventually won the legislative election.
In its April ruling, the judge ruled that the action of the APC was illegal as the ex-presidential aide did not participate in the APC primary for the House of Representatives.
The judge, Lewis Allagoa, ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Sumaila.
Source: The Sun