MARGIF EXPELLED, DIDN’T PARTICIPATE IN PRIMARY WITH DAKUM & LACKS LOCO. STANDI.
DAKUM IS AUTHENTIC PLATEAU LP GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE
N200,000 FINE AGAINST MARGIF FOR A FRIVOLOUS CASE
By Nanyah Daman, Yuwana Enoch, Justin Jattim, Michael Nangwang, Anastasia Jatbyen, Vanessa Timbyen and David Kazi.
The Federal High Court sitting in Jos , Plateau State Division has struck out the suit number FHC/J/CS/76/, filed by Amb. Yohanna Margif Yilpwan against Labour Party, and two others challenging the candidature of Dr. Patrick Dakum as the authentic Governorship Candidate of the party in Plateau State ahead the 2023 General Election.
The court ruled that the Plantiff, Amb.Margif lacks the Loco Standi to challenge the 2nd Respondent Patrick Dakum in the matter because he has never been a party to the said primary conducted by the Labour Party which produced Patrick Dakum.
Justice Dorcas Agishi of the Federal High Court Plateau State Division stated this whilst delivering Judgement on Friday 9th December 2022 in the suit between Yohanna Margif,Labour Party , Patrick Dakum and INEC over who is the rightful candidate of the party for the State Governorship in the 2023 General Elections.
Justice Agishi further ruled that the electoral law of 2010 has put to rest by throwing more light in the grey areas which said any candidate that didn’t take part in an election lacks the Loco Standi to challenge what transpired in that very execise , otherwise lack the moral right to question the abnormalities that most have played out during the exercise.
Justice Agishi further said that the exhibit before the honorable court has not only proved , but indicated a clear evidence that the plantiff, Margif resigned on his own accord and so he didn’t take part in the primary conducted under the watchful eyes of INEC which legalized the entire process.
She went further to state that even at the time under review,the plantiff has been expelled from the party , largely because his actions has continually dragged the name of the party into the mud as many criminal activities linked to Amb. Yohanna Margif were very obvious.
The judge finally submitted that with the crystal clear evidence before this honorable court,it clearly shows that the suit filed by the plantiff is an after thought and above all grossly lacking in merit and hereby struck out.
The running mate to Dr. Dakum who doubled as Counsel in the matter, Edward Pwajok SAN, in an interview with journalists said the Judgement is a landslide Judgement.
He added that now that court case is over, the party can now focus on aggressive campaign with the view to winning the Governorship Election and other positions both in the state and presidential position.
Pwajok however decried that there has been unseen hands in the whole of the court case because “we can not deny the fact that some powerful forces in Government were involved”.
On his part the Counsel to the Plantiff said they will study the Judgement with the aim of testing it further at the Appeal Court.
There was tremendous celebration at the residence of Dr Patrick Dakum and the entire state over the landmark Judgement.