Supreme Court Gives Reasons for Ruling In Favor of Gov. Darius
The Supreme Court on Monday said the All Progressive Congress (APC) and
its governorship candidate in Taraba, Aisha Alhassan, had no locus standi
to challenge the nomination of Governor Darius Ishiaku by his party.
The apex court made the declaration while giving reasons for dismissing
the appeal of APC and 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 (PDP) to contest in the election, adding that evidence
brought before it had confirmed 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,” Rhodes-Vivour held.
The apex court also declared that the Taraba State Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal grossly misdirected itself by upturning Ishiaku's
NAN recalls that the tribunal had nullified the governor's election and
went ahead to declare Alhassan as duly elected governor of Taraba.
An appeal by Ishiaku set aside the tribunal judgement, prompting 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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