Taraba guber election: Supreme Court gives reasons for upholding PDP’s victory

Darius Ishaku, Taraba State Governor

The Supreme Court on Monday said the All Progressive Congress and its governorship candidate in Taraba State, Aisha Alhassan, had no locus standi to challenge the nomination of Governor Darius Ishiaku by his party.

The court made the declaration while giving reasons for dismissing the appeal of APC and Ms. Alhassan in its judgement on February 11.

Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who read details of the judgement, said the appeals and cross appeals had no redeemable substance.

The court held that the governor was duly sponsored by the Peoples Democratic Party to contest in the election, adding that evidence brought before it had confirmed Mr. Ishiaku’s membership of the party.

“The matter is very simple, the apex court has ruled on matters of this nature at different occasions.

“There is no way a candidate of another political party who did not participate in the primaries of another political party could suddenly rise to challenge the conduct of such an exercise.

“It is therefore, clear that the appeals and all the cross appeals against the election of Governor Darius Ishiaku of Taraba have no redeemable substance,” Mr. Rhodes-Vivour said.

The court also declared that the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal grossly misdirected itself by upturning Mr. Ishiaku’s victory.

The tribunal had nullified the governor’s election and went ahead to declare Ms. Alhassan as the duly elected governor of Taraba.

An appeal by Mr. Ishiaku set aside the tribunal judgement, prompting Ms. Alhassan and the APC to approach the apex court, which dismissed their appeals and affirmed the validity of the governor’s election.



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  • Otile

    eUnder the sheepish leadership of Imam Mohamed Buhari Nigeria is becoming hopeless by day. Since Imam terrorized his way back into politics is there any week that news is not dominated by electoral brouhaha? When are we going to see new technology taking off in the Republic? Is Nigeria allergic to technological innovation? Nonsense

    • TC

      ANUS if you want to see change be the change you want to see, nothing stops you from going to learn IT then implement change….. Mumu waiting for handouts

      • Otile

        You are too vulgar. Who told you that I am not an expert in IT? We want to to see the development of Nigeria, not one man learning IT. You are shallow.

  • abodes_124

    One would have liked to see one lady governor of a state and many rooted for her during the electioneering. However it would have left a very bad taste in the mouth if she had sneaked into the post with the perverse judgement of the first election tribunal. Let us hope our judges remain men and women of integrity . I know it is a hackneyed phrase, but they truly remain the last hope of the powerless in these troubled times. We wish Mama Taraba better luck and a straightforward win next time round.

  • Sir Demo

    Is this “the details of the judgement” that took the cultists 2 weeks to provide? We need a clean bench in our Supreme Court ASAP