Sen Ibrahim Shekarau, the former Governor of Kano State, has been dropped by the Supreme Court as the Kano Central Senatorial candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the February 25 National Assembly election.
A five-member panel of the apex court, led by Justice Inyang Okoro, made the ruling in a unanimous judgment on Friday.
The apex court affirmed the nomination of Senator Rufa’i Hanga as the NNPP candidate and faulted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for refusing to replace him with Shekarau, who had left the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Justice Emmanuel Agim, who read the lead judgment on behalf of the apex court held the appeal by INEC and proceeded to dismiss it.
The court affirmed the two earlier concurrent judgments by the Federal High Court and Court of Appeal, both in Abuja, in which it was held that Hanga was the candidate of NNPP for the election