Taraba APC governorship candidate sacked by court

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BY ABUBAKAR H. MUHAMMAD, SEPTEMBER 21, 2022 | 02:28 PM


Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, the All Progressives Copngress, APC, governorship candidate in Taraba State has been sacked by a court in Jalingo, capital of the state on Tuesday.

The court also nullified the gubernatorial primary elections of APC in the state.

It however directed the Independent National Election Commission, INEC to conduct fresh primaries within 14 days.

The ruling was presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda in a case filed by Chief David Kente, one of the governorship aspirants at a federal high court sitting in Jalingo.

According to reports, the court's decision was following several allegations that include false declaration of results and inadequate recording of votes.

Parts of the allegations also is a false declaration of results by the presiding officer at the Danbaba Suntai Airport Jalingo, before jetting out of the state when he had earlier declared that no primary was held in the state at the police headquarters.

Punch Newspaper reported on Wednesday that while reacting to the judgment, Festus Idepefo (SAN), counsel for the APC and Dr. Ibrahim Effiong, counsel to Sen. Bwacha, said they would study the judgment and consult their clients before taking any action.

Also, Shuaibu Ataka who represented Kente commended the judgement of the court and expressed optimism in Nigeria's future elections.

He gave the expression in an interview with journalists, noting that the judgment had sent a message to Nigerians that the era of impunity is over.


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