The Yola Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the withdrawal of the Adamawa North senatorial ticket of Ishaku Elisha Abbo over his position against the Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The presiding judge, Muhammed Danladi, on Tuesday, ruled that Mr Abbo can no longer represent his senatorial district on the platform of APC since he is no more a member of the party.
It was reported that Mr Abbo’s expulsion from the party in October 2022, which was instigated by members of the APC in Mubi North LGA, over his opposition to the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket of Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.
Justice Danladi based his judgement on the October 2022 resolution of the ruling party in the northeastern state.
The court also ordered the party not to recognise him as the ticket bearer to represent the senatorial district in the forthcoming election.
Justice Danladi held that the plaintiff’s counsel had proved beyond doubt and that the court was satisfied with the procedure followed by the party, saying that Mr Abbo was accorded the opportunity to defend himself but refused to so do.
The court, therefore, restrained Mr Abbo from parading himself as the candidate of the party.
The plaintiff’s counsel, Abubakar Ali, praised the court’s decision, saying that such punishment will serve as a deterrent to other party members.
On his part, E. O. Odo, Mr Abbo’s counsel, said he would relay the judgment to his client to explore the possibilities of an appeal.