APC NWC clears senator
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday cleared Senator Mudasiru Hussein to contest the party’s primaries for Osun West Senatorial District’s seat today.
This followed the meeting of the NWC in Abuja, which reviewed the decision of the Appeal Panel, dismissing Hussein’s appeal on Sunday.
By the regulation of the party, the decision of the NWC is final.
“Therefore, delegates for the APC West Senatorial District’s primaries are to proceed to the designated centre for the exercise on Tuesday (today),” the NWC said last night.
The Appeal Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Osun West Senatorial District’s July 8 by-election has upheld the disqualification of Senator Mudashiru Hussain by the party’s five-man Election/Screening Committee.
On Sunday, the committee, led by Zamfara State House of Assembly Speaker Sanusi Rikiji, said Hussain was disqualified because he failed to tender his resignation letter as a serving commissioner within 30 days before the expression of his interest to contest for the senatorial seat.
Hussain challenged the panel’s decision at the party’s Appeal Committee but failed to stop his disqualification.
The Appeal Committee, led by Abdullahi Bello, noted that after going through the report of the Election/Screening Committee, “it did not find it difficult to assume the following questions:
- “Whether the petitioner (Hussain) resigned within 30 days, as envisaged by law;
- “Whether the petitioner’s resignation letter, as attached during the defence of his letter dated June 6, complied with the 30 days, as required by law, and
- “Whether the Screening Committee was right by disqualifying the petitioner, based on his status as an appointed serving commissioner in Osun State.”
According to the Appeal Committee, issues during the screening bordered on law and the provision of the constitution.
It said failure of this was weighty and cannot be dismissed.
The committee said: “During the petitioner’s appearance before this committee, he confessed that his nomination form did not satisfy the full requirements of a legal document which could stand him for election.
“An objective view of the petitioner’s nomination form for his primary election was not duly sworn to before a Magistrate or a Notary Public and his failure to do this constitutes an incurable defect.
“The purpose for which a party’s nomination form is procured is to be seen to comply with guidelines and rules of engagement. Thus, it is our view that all its contents must be complied with.
“If the makers of the nomination form believe that the last paragraph of the form of the petitioner is of no value or of consequence, such provision will not have been provided therein. Thus, the failure of the petitioner to submit his nomination form for the purpose of certification and oath before a Magistrate or a Notary Public is fatal to his cause.
“We, therefore, hold that even if the petitioner is not a public officer, as canvassed by him, his resignation letter should have been necessary. Therefore, having resigned on June 6 fell short of the 30 days’ requirements of the law.
“Upon the above considerations, the appeal for reconsideration and reversal as presented by Senator Mudashiru Hussain lack merit and is hereby dismissed. Consequently, the disqualification of Senator Mudsshiru Hussain by the five-man Election/Screening Committee for the Osun West Senatorial District primary election of the APC is hereby upheld.”
Also, the primary election to choose a flagbearer of the APC for the July 8 by-election for Osun West Senatorial seat scheduled to hold yesterday was postponed till today.
A three-man Appeal Team, led by a former deputy governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, on Sunday dismissed an appeal filed by Hussain, one of the two aspirants for the seat.
The chairman of the APC, Prince Gboyega Famodun, urged the party’s delegates from the 10 local government areas of the district to remain calm and prepare for the primary election.
– The Nation