Appeal Court Ruling: Mama Taraba to proceed to Supreme Court

A Minister-Designate and Apc Governorship Candidate for Taraba, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, acknowledging Cheers from her Supporters after the Election Tribunal declared her Winner of the 2015 Taraba Governorship Election, in Abuja
A Minister-Designate and Apc Governorship Candidate for Taraba, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, acknowledging Cheers from her Supporters after the Election Tribunal declared her Winner of the 2015 Taraba Governorship Election, in Abuja

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Taraba State, Aisha Alhassan, said she will contest the appeal court judgment, which nullified the victory awarded her by the election petition tribunal in the state.

The counsel to Mrs. Alhassan, Mahmud Magaji, stated this while briefing journalists after the ruling in Abuja, Friday.

Mr. Magaji said his client’s submission remained that Governor Darious Ishaku, the Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate, was not validly sponsored by his party, as required by Section 177 of the constitution.

“It gives room for us to test the judgment so that we can expand the jurisprudence of the electoral process,” Mr. Magaji said.

“Their lordships have gone through our various speeches and have come up with their own ruling and we feel that we have the right to proceed to the Supreme Court.”

Reacting to the comments by Mr. Magaji, the counsel to Mr. Ishaku, Kanu Agabi, said his client would not undermine the right of the APC and its candidate to seek further appeal.

“The right of appeal is what brought us here and the right of appeal is still what will take them to the Supreme Court, so I cannot underestimate the value of their appeal,” he said.

A five-man panel of judges, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, had described as “unattainable” the decision of the Taraba state election tribunal which declared Mrs. Alhassan winner of the April governorship election in the state.

Mr. Aboki, who noted that the APC had no right to question the candidature of Mr. Ishaku in the election, added that section 140 of the constitution only expect the tribunal to nullify the said election if the candidature of its winner was in doubt.

He added that according to Section 140 of the constitution, the tribunal was wrong in declaring the person with the next highest vote winner of the election.

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  • Awarawa

    I think this is just a waste of time and mere judicial academic exercise

    • aisha ani

      I want Mama Taraba to become governor, but its not going to happen at this time.

      • Ango

        A’isha don’t play God let wait n see

        • aisha ani

          Still hoping it will happen. Thanks.

          • Ango

            God willing

  • kunle

    I think it should go to the highest court in our country as it would assist to enrich our electoral sphere .it would also set the foundation for such questions in future elections. The constitution and current electoral laws are inadequate for the kind of politics in Nigeria.

  • Chuks

    In my opinion the appeal court is wrong. If the party primaries are an internal affair, INEC as the federal regulator would not have been involved according to the law.

  • Chima Sitemaife

    People may want the APC to win in Taraba but it should be done in the right way. Internal conflict in the PDP is no business of the other party. You lost to a better opponent, come & fight another day. It will not be Fairplay if it’s just handed to you without you actually winning. It’s wanting the position at all cost. It does not show the spirit of genuine leadership & a person of integrity. Whether his party supports him fully or not, he won over you. That’s the people’s choice. Contesting that is to say the people can’t have their choice because a party you are not a part of does not support it. The people’s choice should be above personal interest
    Please, let sleeping Dog lie.