Court once more rejects Al-Mustapha as Action Alliance presidential candidate

The Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected an application to overturn its ruling on November 4 that recognised the candidates produced by the Dr. Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje leadership of the Action Alliance (AA) party.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was ordered by the court on November 4 to accept the candidates put forth for the 2023 general elections by the Omo-Aje leadership of the AA and to reject those produced by Kenneth Udeze, among whom is Major Hamzat Al-Mustpha (retired).

In a ruling on Thursday, Justice Zainab Abubakar held that the application filed by Udeze (who was sacked as Chairman of the Party) was unmeritorious and proceeded to dismiss it.

Udeze, whose suspension and expulsion as the AA Chairman had been upheld in two judgments of the Court of Appeal, had applied to the Federal High Court in Abuja to set aside the November 4, 2022 judgment, claiming it was obtained by fraud and that he was still the party’s national chairman.

In her ruling on Thursday, Justice Abubakar noted that, with the two subsisting judgments of the Court of Appeal and another decision by a Federal High Court in Abeokuta, Udeze cannot lawfully lay claim to being the chairman of the party.

Justice Abubakar held that her earlier judgment delivered on November 4 was not obtained by fraud as claimed by Udeze.

The judge described Udeze as a busybody and meddlesome interloper, trying to interfere in the affairs of the party from which he was suspended and later expelled.

 

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