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Tribunal rules in APC’s petition challenging Gov. Ishiaku’s re-election

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The Taraba Electoral Petitions Tribunal that met in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed the request of the candidate for governor of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Abubakar Danladi, in the governor’s election on March 9 in the state.

On March 21, the Taraba state court moved to Abuja due to concerns about the safety of its members and the petitioners.

In his ruling, the president of the court, the judge M.O. Adewarahe said the petition was rejected because of the Supreme Court ruling of July 5, reports NAN.

The ruling of the Supreme Court confirmed the verdict of the Court of Appeal that disqualified Danladi for false declaration of age.

APC gubernatorial candidate Danladi and the party approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Gov. Darius Ishaku of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP).

The petitioners asserted that the governor was not duly elected by a majority of the legitimate votes cast in the election.

They further alleged that the election of the governor was not valid because of the failure to comply with the provisions of the Electoral Law of 2010 (as amended).

The petitioners further asserted that the election of Ishaku was not valid as a result of corrupt practices. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) joined as petitioner in the petition.

The NAN reports that the Apex court dismissed the appeal filed by Danladi, challenging its disqualification by the Federal Superior Court in Jalingo.

A five-person panel of the Supreme Court headed by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Judge Tanko Mohammed, dismissed the appeal filed by Danladi for being incompetent and failing to comply with the requirements of the law.

Danladi was disqualified from contesting the 2019 governor’s election in the state of Taraba on March 6, 2019, before the Federal Superior Court, Jalingo presided over by the Honorable Judge Stephen Pam.

The court based its decision on the allegations of false declaration of the age of Danladi in the documents provided to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

However, on March 7, 2019, the Court of Appeal of Yola suspended the execution of the sentence of the lower court in favor of Danladi, which allowed him to stand for the election of the governor on March 9 in the state of Taraba.

But the appellate court later rejected the appeal because it was incompetent. Danladi also appealed to the Supreme Court, which confirmed the ruling of the court of appeal.