Court sacks Al-Mustapha as AA Presidential Candidate
By: Femi Mustapha
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove the names of all Action Alliance (AA) candidates, including the Presidential Candidate, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd), submitted to it by the Kenneth Udeze led faction of the Party.
The Court Order which was made available to journalists in Kaduna on Saturday by the party leadership, however, ruled that, the electoral body should display the list of candidates submitted to it by the party’s leadership under the Chairmanship of Adekunle Rufai Omoaje.
The court, presided over by Justice Z.B Abubakar also held that the electoral body erred by failing to give recognition to the list of candidates submitted to it by Omoaje who is the National Chairman of the Action Alliance.
Omoaje had on behalf of himself and the Action Alliance approached the court to seek redress on the non recognition of the candidates submitted to INEC by him on behalf of the party.
By the judgement of the court, the candidates already announced by INEC including the presidential candidate, Major Hamza Al-mustapha (rtd) are expected to be substituted by the list of candidates submitted by Omoaje.
Al-Mustapha had earlier been announced as the presidential candidate of the AA by INEC and his name was already published on the website of the electoral body.
However, with the latest court judgment, Al-Mustapha may be replaced by another person endorsed by the Omoaje leadership.
Various media organizations had earlier reported that Al-Mustapha might risk losing the AA’s presidential ticket going by the litigation against him.
Justice Abubakar, who cited section 29(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, ordered that, INEC should immediately publish the names and addresses of all candidates submitted by Omoaje on behalf of the Action Alliance.
“By the provision of section 29(1) of the Electoral Act, 2022, the INEC should publish by displaying at the relevant office or offices of INEC and on its website.”
Reacting to the development, the National Chairman of AA, Adekunle Omoaje, said Kenneth Udeze who had been parading himself of the party was expelled from the party since February 14, 2020 during the party’s National Convention held in Osogbo.