Supreme Court upholds Ishaku’s election as Taraba governor

The tribunal’s judgment was based on alleged non-compliance of the conduct of PDP’s primary from which Ishaku emerged as the party’s governorship candidate with provisions of sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act.

 

Ishaku had appealed against the tribunal’s decision.

The Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the governor, and set aside the judgment of the tribunal on the basis that Alhassan, not being a member of the PDP, lacked the locus standi to challenge the validity of the primary which produced Ishaku as theparty’s candidate.

‎Alhassan appealed to the Supreme Court, but a seven-man bench of the apex court led by Justice Ibrahim Galadima on Thursday  affirmed the earlier verdict of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division delivered on December 31, 2015.

The Supreme Court delivered the judgment more than an hour after hearing Alhassan’s appeal on Thursday.

Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, who read the summary of the lead judgment held that Alhassan’s appeal lacked merit.

‎Justice Rhodes-Vivour held, “I am of the firm view that there is no merit in this appeal and it is hereby dismissed.

“The Jjdgment of the ‎Court of Appeal Abuja Division delivered on December 31, 2015 is affirmed and the election of Governor Darius Ishaku is hereby upheld.”

Justice Rhodes-Vivour and the rest of the members of the panel are to give the full reasons for their decisions on February 22.

 

Culled from THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER

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