The candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Adamawa governorship election Senator Aisha Binani Dahiru has filed a motion exparte before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking a judicial review of the administrative decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on April 16th in respect of her declaration as the winner of the governorship elections held on March 18 and the supplementary poll of April 15.
Senator Binani is also seeking an order preventing INEC and its agents from taking any further steps towards the declaration of the winner of the elections pending the determination of her application for judicial review.
In the grounds under which the application is brought, the Senator says after the collation of results, INEC (which she sued as the first respondent), declared her as the winner of the elections but the People Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Governor Ahmadu Fintiri who was sued as the 2nd & 3rd respondents resorted to fighting and causing a public disturbance which led to the beating and manhandling of an INEC staff.
This crisis, she says, led INEC to cancel the initial declaration which it had no power to do as only the election petition tribunal is vested with such powers.
By cancelling her declaration, Senator Binani contends that INEC usurped the powers of the election petition tribunal which is the only court vested with powers on a declaration from the conduct of an election.