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Statutory delegates can participate in all party primaries, court declares

Justice A.M Liman of the Federal High Court, Kano Division has ruled that statutory delegates cannot be excluded in all meetings, congresses and conventions of any registered political party in Nigeria.

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The judge gave the order on Friday following a suit filed by some members of the APC challenging the exclusion of statutory delegates from participating at political party primaries.

They sought a declaration of the court that the provision of Section 84(8) cannot be interpreted to have excluded statutory delegates from voting at the convention, congress or meeting by virtue of section 223 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Article 20(iv)(c) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Constitution, which allow Statutory Delegation to vote at convention, congress or meeting.

Delivering judgement in the suit marked: FHC/KN/CS/13712022, the court ruled that statutory delegates are qualified to participate in all political party activities.

The court order reads, “It is herby ordered that Section 84(8) cannot be interpreted to have excluded statutory delegates from voting at the convention, congress or meeting by virtue of section 223 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Article 20(iv)(c) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Constitution, which allow Statutory Delegation to vote at convention, congress or meeting”.

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