Binani vs INEC: Yola High Court holds off proceedings in suit against Hudu Ari

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By Jim Ochetenwu

The Adamawa State High Court on Wednesday held off proceedings on the case involving suspended INEC Resident Electoral Officer, REC, Hudu Yunusa-Ari.

The court which had been scheduled to entertain the case, said it was in receipt of an order of a federal High Court in Abuja suspending the trial and so it had to hold on pending further developments.

The Adamawa APC governorship candidate in the last election, Aishatu Ahmed Binani had obtained an order from a federal High Court in Abuja restraining the prosecution of Hudu at the Yola high court pending the determination of her own petition at the tribunal over the election itself which led to the court case involving Hudu.

When the Hudu case came up for mention at the State High Court on Wednesday, Counsel to the prosecution, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) told the court about the Abuja court restraining him from arraigning Hudu.

Rotimi, however, said the alleged offences preferred against Hudu are serious but that it appeared that Binani was seeking to run from prosecution that might involve her by seeking protection from a court of concurrent jurisdiction.

The presiding Judge of the Yola High Court, Justice Benjamin Lawan said the state High Court had received the order issued by the Court in Abuja, and that his Court would not want to act until the order either elapses or as events in the next few days or weeks may suggest.

DAILY POST reports that the Adamawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had on Tuesday spoken in the manner of the prosecution counsel when it accused Binani of attempting to protect herself from indictment by approaching the Federal High court in Abuja to stop the prosecution of Hudu Yunusa-Ari who had declared her winner of the Adamawa governorship election when results were yet to be fully collated and for which reason Hudu is now facing the law court.

The PDP state secretary, Idris Yahaya told journalists in Yola that Binani was trying to scuttle the trial of Hudu to save herself from possible indictment.

“Binani’s demand of stopping the prosecution of one of the key accomplices in the botched civilian Coup in Adamawa should be resisted.

”Our belief is that Hudu will be prosecuted and Binani will be punished for her ignoble role the PDP scribe said, adding that by giving an acceptance speech after Hudu unlawfully declared her winner, Binani showed that she connived with Hudu to declare her winner of a yet to be concluded election process.

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