Group faults court order affirming Ganduje’s suspension

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By Olugbenga Salami

Prominent pro-democracy group, the National Democratic Front, NDF, has faulted Tuesday’s ruling of the Kano State High Court which granted an ex-parte order restraining the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Abdullahi Ganduje, from parading himself as a member of the party.

It described the otder as “judicial rascality taken too far”, which must be quickly looked into by the National Judicial Council, NJC.

According to the group, in a statement signed by its president, Dr. Abdulkadir Bolaji and made available to our correspondent on Wednesday in Abuja, the order was totally against the Court of Appeal Practice Directive, where judicial officers have been warned to stop meddling into political affairs and remain wholly apolitical.

NDI wondered why barely 48 hours of the purported sacking of Ganduje by his ward executives, which both the Kano State and National Working Committees, NWC of the party have dismissed as “devious act of imposters”, some elements with their collaborators in the judiciary allegedly procured a court order stopping Ganduje from remaining in office.

“It is also ironic that within 48 hours of the purported sacking of Ganduje, the criminal elements in cahoot with their agents in the judiciary have suddenly sat and issued an order of court to stop His Excellency Abdullahi Ganduje from remaining in office. This is sad and totally unacceptable.

“We call on the highest level of the judiciary, especially the NJC to immediately wade into this obnoxious display of judicial rascality by the Kano State High Court because the order is further damage to the already battered image of the judiciary.

“One will wonder why a court would, with the speed of light, give such order when the both the Kano State and National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC have dismissed the purported suspension of His Excellency, Dr. Ganduje.

“The action clearly showed a conspiracy of those who are worried by the rising political profile of Dr. Ganduje and their collaborators in the judiciary. This is unacceptable and can not stand,” the group stated.