10th February, 2011
Aspirations of MohammedÂ Abacha,Â the son of late former militaryÂ dictator, Gen.Â Sani AbachaÂ to fly the gubernatorial flag of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, may have hit a brick wall following an interview granted to a foreign broadcast medium by Mr. Buba Galadima, the National Secretary of the party that the scion of the Abacha family is not the partyâ€™s candidate.
The party, through the National Chairman, Mr. Tony Momoh, recently expressed outrage over the alleged doctoringÂ of the list of candidates it submitted to INEC last week.
Tony Momoh told journalists inÂ Abuja last week that the commission disobeyed the provisions of the enabling lawÂ by substituting some names which it submitted to it for approval.Â Apparently referring to the announcement of Abacha, as the CPCÂ gubernatorial candidate in Kano State, Mr. Momoh insisted that onlyÂ the parties had the right to choose who contests on their platform andÂ not the commission.
Mohammed Abacha who had earlier instituted a suit against the party over the matter at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on ThursdayÂ raised an alarm that the party wants to temperÂ with his name which it earlier submitted to theÂ Independent National ElectoralCommissionÂ Â as the partyâ€™s governorship candidate forÂ Kanostate.
Mr Abachaâ€™s name appeared on the list of candidates displayed by the electoral umpire inÂ Kano State, against earlier speculations that his closest rival,Â Lawal Jaâ€™afaru Isah was the one whose name submitted to the electoralÂ body.Â Mr Abacha wants the courtÂ to declare that INEC should not recognize any other governorshipÂ candidate from the CPC except him.
Abacha in his averment he said that â€œI have lately gathered fromÂ sources in the national secretariat of the party that the nameÂ of Â Lawal Jaâ€™afaru Isah has been confidently agreed to be submitted to
the electoral body in substitution for him as the gubernatorialÂ candidate of the party in Kano State for no just cause.â€
The hearing of Mr. Abacha’s suit comes up on the 15th of February before Justice Gabriel Kolawole.
By Nnamdi Felix / Abuja