The Adamawa State High Court 3 has ruled has restrained the All Progressives Congress, APC, from recognising Ishaku Abbo as its candidate for Adamawa North in the forthcoming general election.
In the judgement delivered on Monday, January 9, 2023, Justice Danladi Mohammed ruled that Senator Abbo is not entitled to seek re-election since he has been expelled by the party.
Justice Danladi held that the embattled Senator and APC are bound by the resolution of Mubi North local government executives of the party dated, 7th October 2022, which expelled the lawmaker thus he is not entitled to enjoy any right or privilege accorded to APC members.
It further restrained Sen. Abbo from parading himself as the candidate of the party for the zone.
But Senator Abbo has faulted the ruling, describing it as a cash-and-carry judgement. He told Channels Television that the Court is said to be the last hope of the common man but claimed that where it becomes cash and carry affair, it cannot be described as such.
According to him, it is a bought-over judgement because those who purportedly expelled him from the party are not local government party executives and therefore have no jurisdiction to do so.
He claimed that only the ward executives of the party, according to the APC constitution, have the right to punish any erring member and not the local government or even the state exco.
Senator Abbo argued that the presiding judge had once issued a restraining order on the local government exco from parading themselves as exco. The lawmaker said he will appeal the case in the Court of Appeal and also called on his supporters to disregard the ruling.
FLASHBACK: Senator Abbo’s Comments On Tinubu That Led To His Expulsion From APC
Ishaku Abbo, the lawmaker representing Adamawa north senatorial district, was on Friday, October 7, 2022, expelled from the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Naija News understands that Abbo’s expulsion came after the executive members of the APC in the Mubi North Local Government Area of Adamawa State deliberated on the disciplinary action to take against the senator.
The notice of his expulsion was signed by thirteen members of the executive committee, including its public relations officer, treasurer, auditor, and women leader.
According to the party, Abbo criticism of the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on national television was against the APC Constitution.
They stressed that Abbo made disparaging remarks against the Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima.
Recalls that during the interview aired on July 13 by AIT, Abbo condemned the former Governor of Lagos state for picking a fellow Muslim, Kashim Shetttima, as his vice-presidential running mate.
According to Abbo, Bola Tinubu’s decision to pick a Muslim as his running mate is very irresponsible.
He said, “It is insulting for Tinubu to say there is no competent Christian from the north to be his Vice President. It’s an insult and Tinubu needs to apologise to Christians.
“How competent is Tinubu to be President? If you say my father is not competent, no Bishop is competent, no Christian Professor is competent? I think that is annoying.”
The lawmaker added, “We sat down in Abuja and strategised, and we concluded that he should not take a Muslim as running mate. He (Tinubu) threw away the report. My conscience will not allow me to campaign for Tinubu. I am a member of CAN; I cannot deny CAN. I remain in APC. But I will take the survival of my country first over political considerations.
“We cannot work for such a man. I will oppose (a) Christian-Christian ticket because I am invested in the stability of this country. A Christian-Christian ticket will be insensitive to Muslims of this country. The country is evenly divided between Muslims and Christians. So any government that is Muslim-Muslim will be illegitimate and will never gain the respect of Christians.”