Appeal Court Declares Bwacha Taraba APC Gov Candidate

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha has been declared the authentic and lawfully nominated governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Taraba State.

Justice Tani Yusuf of the Court of Appeal in Yola, on Thursday, set aside the earlier ruling by the Federal High Court in Jalingo which nullified his victory at the primary poll.

Director, Media, and Publicity, Bwacha for Governor Campaign Council (BGCC), Aaron Artimas, described the judgement as historic and monumental.

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Artimas said:

“In a summary judgement, the Appeal Court ruled that the institutions authorized by law to monitor and authenticate the conduct of primaries are the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies and the respective organisations have presented reports to the effect that the primaries had been successfully conducted.

“The Court held that the lower court merely engaged itself in academic exercise by exploring into irrelevant issues.”

He described the judgement as a “vindication of our faith in the Nigerian Judiciary but also a divine answer to the prayers of millions of Tarabans whose faith in God’s positive intervention was not diminished.”

Bwacha, while congratulating the entire people of Taraba State for the landmark victory, promised to take his campaign to all the nooks and crannies of the State to directly engage with the people and to acquaint himself with their problems.

One of the aspirants, David Sabo Kente (DSK), had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, and the All Progressives Congress, the first, second and third defendants respectively at the Federal High Court Jalingo about the conduct of the May 26, 2022, APC governorship Primaries held in Taraba.

Following this, the Court in September declared the APC governorship primaries a nullity and ordered the conduct of a fresh primary within 14 days of the judgement.

Meanwhile, reacting to the Court of Appeal judgement, the litigant, Kente, stated he and his legal team would study the judgement and act appropriately.

Kente said:

On the judgement of the court of appeal, I and my lawyers will study the judgement, consult my party and explore the next line of action in the next few days.”

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