Supreme Court dashes Mama Taraba’s hopes, upholds Gov. Ishaku’s election


The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Darius Ishaku as the governor of Taraba State, affirming an earlier decision of the Court of Appeal.

The court dismissed an appeal by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Aisha Alhassan, saying it lacked merit.

The reason for the judgement is to be given on February 22, the Supreme Court said.

“I am firmly of the view that there is no merit in this appeal. It is hereby refused,” said Justice Bodeh-Rhode Vivore, who read the lead judgement of a seven-member panel. “The judgement of the court of Appeal is affirmed and the return of the first respondent as the governor of Taraba is affirmed.”

Mrs. Alhassan had approached the highest court through with four applications to challenge the decision of the Appeal Court, which nullified the victory given her by the Taraba State Election Tribunal.

A five-member panel of the Appeal Court in Abuja had on December 31 nullified the ruling of the Taraba State Election Tribunal on November 7, which declared Mrs. Alhassan winner of the April 11 election of the state.

The tribunal ruled that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Ishaku, was not nominated by his party, and therefore not qualified for the said election.

The counsel to the APC and its candidate, Abiodun Owonikoko, told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the reason for the judgement of the tribunal, was that the important determinant for the sponsorship of a candidate for election, under the Nigerian Constitution, remained the conduct of a primaries by the sponsoring party.

“What is decisive of this appeal is the sponsorship as a ground to qualify for contesting in an election, by the constitution,” said Mr. Owonikoko.

Citing the previous judgements of the Supreme Court in the case against, Benue State’s Tarsus and Ortom, which was held on January 15, and another judgement regarding the case of Zamfara State’s Yari and Shinkafi, Mr. Owonikoko said the applicants in the aforementioned appeals founded their application on an alleged lack of conduct of primaries, by the respondents.

He further said that their argument was that no primaries was conducted at all by the PDP, which would have resulted in the emergence of Mr. Ishaku as its candidate.

But counsel to Mr. Ishaku, Kanu Agabi, said the appeal court had in its ruling stated that the APC and its candidate were bound by their pleas.

He said the appellants had admitted in the third paragraphs of their applications that Mr. Ishaku was a member of the PDP and a candidate of the party in the April 11 elections of the state.

“The second respondent is a duly registered party and ‘sponsored’ by the first respondent,” he stated, citing a quote from the appellant’s brief.

Mr. Agabi further said the appellants repeatedly fielded the first respondent as being sponsored by the PDP.

He further told the court that they had presented 51 witnesses before the tribunal, who were not reviewed.

Also in his address, counsel to the PDP, Solo Ahmed, said the party had never denied sponsoring Mr. Ishaku.

He said the appellants had submitted that there was no primary election, but went ahead to state that it (the primaries) was conducted in Abuja.

He further told the court that the previous judgements cited by Mr. Owonikoko had indicated that issues relating to the conduct of primaries in an election were pre-election matters that could only be contested by members of the party in question, or by INEC.

The counsel to INEC, Joseph Daudu, reiterated the point made by Mr. Ahmed, regarding the position of the APC on the conduct of primaries by the PDP.

According to Mr. Daudu, the APC’s claim that there was no primary election was premised on the contention that the primaries was conducted in Abuja.

He therefore prayed the court to dismiss the appeal.


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  • Darlynstar

    APC will now take its case to boko haram court to contest the judgement of the supreme court…

    • Pointitout

      Who invented Boko haram? APC or PDP?

      • Burning Spear


      • Darlynstar

        It was invented by buhari northern brothers and it’s membership were northerns… Gbam!

    • MilitaryPolice01


  • C3kwe

    Who do we believe, Vanguard said the opposite.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      I will believe PT,they have shown they are more investigative journalist

  • musa aliero

    Congrats darius

  • Abidilagungun

    EFCC should go and buy a thicker forensic lens and investigate the justices if they are not part of DasukiGate

  • Burning Spear

    Senator Aisha Al-Hassan of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been caught on camera boasting about her influence on the Nigerian Judiciary.

    Al-Hassan, who is Buhari’s Minister of Women Affairs is seen in the YouTube video speaking in Hausa. The video which was posted on Nigerian Bulletin, is transcribed in English.

    The woman minister who contested as the APC governorship candidate in Taraba State is seen assuring her supporters that she has the money and the “rulership” which means federal power to manipulate the judicial system and obtain a favourable judgement.

    She also confessed that judges of the Appeal Court called her and told her the judgements in advance of the public announcement in court

  • Factsay

    APC failed woefully.
    They are busy body that wants to steal someone’s victory

  • Say the truth

    With the Supreme Court pronouncements on BENUE election it is straight forward conclusion that Mama is also a busy body like TARZOOR of PDP. Congratulations to Mr TARABA Darius Ishaku. President Buhari should withdraw his statement and apologize to Nigerians for referring to Mama Taraba as her excellency when she was sworn in as a minister.

  • new republic

    Supreme court is enemy of Buhari’s govt,if care is not taking they will mess him up very soon,with Mary Odilli as one of them.

    • Factsay

      Wia is d new republic?
      Illiterates dont understand the law, unfortunately, ignorance of d law is not an excuse

    • MilitaryPolice01

      Keep quiet if you dont know what to say,have you read the determination of the case and how they built up the judgement?So if they declared the woman governor they would have been friends of the man’s govt.You people should open your eyes and stop being biased

    • kevenreal

      Mary Odili is the new bogeyman of Yorobas. Emefiele is having some respite now; before it was Oknjo Iweala, Ihehirika, Matuh etc.

  • Ayinde

    APC bad losers

  • Right Minded

    Another victory for PDP. It wont be long before APC fades away… i dey laff!

  • Rommel

    Shameless people,Nigeria has just been ranked as the world most corrupt nation and idiots are here hailing perverted judgement given by the most corrupt judiciary on earth

    • Mayo

      1) That is False. Nigeria has not been ranked as the most corrupt nation.
      2) This is not a perverted judgement. The electoral law clearly states that issues around primaries is a pre-election matter which means it should not be treated by an election tribunal. The law also states that only the members of the party in question or INEC can challenge the primaries.

  • Jujubeans

    Useless bunch of judges. Who are so lazy and cowardly that they can’t tell us why they decided what they did. We are still waiting for the judgements of Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia. Honestly all Buhari’s anti corruption drive will amount to nothing because these scumbags will just let the criminals off. You just watch. Dasuki is getting off. Mtttcheew!

  • U. K. Charles

    Good judgement!! Mr. Ishiaku is now vindicated.

  • ayobamiba

    The very reason why I passionately disliked APC was because of the satanic wickedness they brought to our national political landscape. APC is a type of Islamic brotherhood of Egypt that believed in imposing themselves on every part of Nigeria not minding the feelings and sensibilities of the citizens. APC also introduced again the moribund do or quench politics of obj which died with obj exit from the presidency. APC introduced hate ,tribal,religious and ethnic bigotry of awolowo days back to Nigerian political turf.APC have maliciously undermined almost all the national institutions in Nigeria like INEC,the national security, judiciary, media etc.APC was the party that sowed discord amongst Nigerians and divided our nation along religious, ethnic and parochial lines.APC to me is an axis of evil and the no 1 enemy of Nigerian nation and our democracy. With APC ,Nigeria is in for a reverse gear.may God implode,explode and destabilize this axis of evil called APC so that Nigeria shall survive. A party that believed only in winning no matter the choice of voters is an enemy of democracy. A party that is ready to unleash violence, malicious blackmail, hate speeches, falsehood peddling and satanic wickedness against any state,community or people that rejected them is a big enemy of free and fair elections. A party that is ready to undermine any institution that does not support the win at all cost l mentality of APC is a clear enemy of a stable Nigeria. I blame Jonathans political naivity for allowing the budding of this evil enclave in Nigeria. But by Gods grace,come 2019,Nigerians shall recover their nation from this evil axis so that one more time this nation shall return to the part of real peace,unity,progress and prosperity. Congratulations the Supreme Court of Nigeria. You are the last line of the defense of our democracy.

  • favourtalk

    It is obvious that the judgment of all supreme court was bought, with all the violence and the truth revealed over the months, they still give victory to those to killed people. Nigeria judicial shs