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Kano court to hold hearing on Ganduje’s suspension May 27

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A High Court in Kano has fixed May 27, 2024, as the date for the hearing of various applications in the case concerning the suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje.

Presided over by Justice Usman Malam Na’abba, the court scheduled the hearing after considering arguments from all parties involved.

The applications to be heard include a preliminary objection, a joinder application, and a challenge to the court’s jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

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Haladu Gwanjo and Laminu Sani Barguma, represented by their counsel Ibrahim Abdullahi Sa’ad, filed a motion ex parte seeking an interim injunction on Ganduje’s suspension.

Previously, on April 17, 2024, the court had granted an order maintaining the status quo regarding Ganduje’s suspension by the Ganduje Ward executive committee of the APC. This order restrains all parties from taking any actions contrary to the decision of the executive committee until the motion on notice is determined.

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During the resumed hearing on Tuesday, Mr. Ibrahim Sa’ad, representing the applicants, informed the court that they had been served with a counter affidavit by the respondent and requested additional time to respond.

In response, counsel to the first, second, and third respondents, Mr. M. M. Duru, expressed no objection to the request for more time.

“We have filed and served all parties our motion dated April 24 challenging the jurisdiction of this Court to entertain this matter,” Duru stated.

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Similarly, counsel to the fourth respondent, Mrs. Lydia Oyewo, did not object to the new date but pointed out that her client had not been served with the court processes, which she deemed a breach of the court order.

In light of the submissions, Justice Na’abba scheduled May 27 for the hearing of the three applications, allowing all parties ample time to serve their processes and prepare adequately.

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