Supreme Court Gives Reasons for Ruling In Favor of Gov. Darius

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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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