– A Gombe state high court has ordered the PDP to pay back N3.5 million to Barrister Zubairu Umar
– Umar was a senatorial aspirant for Gombe north district before the party primaries in the state
– The money to be refunded is the amount he paid for the party’s expression of interest and nomination forms before he was disqualified
A Gombe state high court has ordered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pay back N3.5 million to a senatorial aspirant, Barrister Zubairu Umar.
Daily Trust reports that the money to be returned to Umar was the amount he paid for the party’s expression of interest and nomination forms before he was disqualified.
Umar who was a senatorial aspirant for Gombe north district before the party primaries in the state, had dragged the PDP before the court challenging his “illegal disqualification.”
The aspirant, through his counsel, Barrister Ibrahim Attahir, prayed the court to cancel the primary and ordered it to conduct a fresh one that would enable his client to participate.
Attahir told the court that his client was not given a fair hearing prior to his disqualification by the screening committee.
Responding, counsel to the PDP, Barrister Habu Abdu, informed the court that the aspirant was disqualified by the party because he (Umar) had withdrawn from partisan politics and had not been contributing financially to the party.
In his verdict, Justice Abdulhamid Muhammed Yakubu said the plaintiff was not given a fair hearing by the PDP screening committee as the issue of not being a contributing financial member to the party was not brought up when he appeared before them.
On the prayer for the cancellation of the election, Justice Yakubu said since the deadline for the conduct of party primaries was over, ordered the PDP to pay the aspirant the N3.5million he spent for the forms.
In reaction to the verdict, PDP’s counsel, Abdu, said the party would study the ruling and decide its next action.
On his part, Umar’s counsel Attahir, said they were satisfied with the judgement, adding that since the court had answered their major prayers, his client would not appeal the ruling.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) was on Monday, November 26, dealt a devastating blow after 60 support groups of the ruling party all of which have not less than 5, 000 members in total defected to the PDP.
With reference to development, the former national youth Vanguard coordinator of APC, Honorable Jubril Gazama, revealed that the defection of the support groups was the result of a joint resolve of the members after they realized that the ruling party only deceived and used them.
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