The application aimed to prevent the prosecution of Hudu Yunusa-Ari, the suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner of Adamawa.
Hudu had controversially announced Binani as the winner of the governorship election, a decision that stirred considerable controversy.
However, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) swiftly annulled this declaration and reinstated the incumbent governor, Umar Fintiri.
Previously, the court issued an interim order, directing INEC, the Attorney-General of the Federation, and the Inspector General of Police to suspend their plans to prosecute Yunusa-Ari.
This interim order was issued in response to a motion ex parte filed by Binani.
The motion sought the court’s interpretation regarding whether INEC had the authority to charge or arraign Yunusa-Ari while a tribunal was actively reviewing the outcome of the gubernatorial election.
INEC, in an official statement, maintained that findings from police investigations had established a prima facie case against Yunusa-Ari.
Consequently, the commission filed a six-count charge against the former REC at the Adamawa State High Court in Yola.
The legal battle intensified as Binani urged the court to restrain all parties temporarily.
This action aimed to allow INEC an opportunity to justify why Yunusa-Ari, who was a key witness for her at the Adamawa gubernatorial election tribunal, should face prosecution while tribunal proceedings were still ongoing.
However, in a recent ruling delivered by Justice Donatus U. Okorowo, the interim order was lifted.
Justice Okorowo clarified, “There is no order of this court extending the lifespan of this order on status quo.”
He further emphasized that it was not legally permissible for a plaintiff to approach the Federal High Court to halt proceedings in a court of coordinate jurisdiction.
This legal development has significant implications for the ongoing case and the political landscape in Adamawa State.
As the legal process unfolds, it remains a subject of intense scrutiny and debate.
The court’s decision to allow the prosecution of Hudu Yunusa-Ari ensures that this case will continue to be a focal point of interest in the state’s political narrative.