Thursday, February 11

Taraba election: Supreme Court declares Darius Ishaku winner

Taraba election: Supreme Court declares Darius Ishaku winner

Darius Ishaku and Mama Taraba

Supreme court has declared Governor Darius Ishaku winner of the April 11 governorship election in Taraba state

– This verdict voids the judgement of the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which nullified Ishaku’s election

The election of Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku of the People Democratic Party (PDP), has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

The appeal lodged by Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was unanimous dismissed by a seven-man panel of Justices of the apex court, Vanguard reports.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour said: “I am of the firm view that there is no merit in this appeal and it is hereby dismissed. The Judgment of the ‎Court of Appeal is affirmed and the election of governor Darius Ishaku is hereby upheld.”

The apex court fixed February 22, 2016 as the date when it would adduce reasons that informed the judgment.

The Taraba state governorship election petition tribunal  led by Justice Danladi Abubakar had on November 7, nullified Ishaku’s election and declared Alhassan the winner of the election. The three-member tribunal held that Ishaku was not validly nominated as candidate of the PDP and therefore did not qualify, from start, to contest the governorship election.

Governor Ishaku filed an appeal asking the court to set it the judgement of the state tribunal aside.

The Court of Appeal had on December 31, 2015, reversed the judgment of the Abubakar-led tribunal which nullified Ishaku’s election.

Alhassan who is currently the Minister of Women affairs, had proceeded to the apex court, asking it to set aside the verdict of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.

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