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Appeal Court upholds Bwacha, Binani’s gov candidacy

The Court of Appeal in Yola has set aside the High Court ruling that nullified the Taraba state All Progressives Congress (APC) primary that produced Emmanuel Bwacha as the governorship candidate.

The Court also ordered that Mr Bwacha’s name be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s governorship candidate for the forthcoming election.

A Federal High Court in Jalingo had in September sacked Senator Bwacha in a different case instituted by another governorship aspirant, David Kente.

The court had called on the leadership of the APC to conduct a fresh governorship primary in Taraba.

Similarly, the Appeal court also reinstated Senator Aishatu Ahmed Binani as the substantive Adamawa state Governorship candidate of the APC.

The unanimous verdict of the 3-man panel read by the lead judge, Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan,  ordered the APC party to re-submit Senator Binani’s name to INEC immediately as the governorship candidate of the party for the 2023 general election.

A federal High Court in Yola presided over by Justice Abdullaziz Anka had on October 14,  nullified the Governorship primary election of the APC that produced Senator Aihatu Dahiru Binani as the Governorship candidate of the party.

Justice  Anka, in the Judgement, declared as null and void the election conducted on May 26, 2022, by the APC and accordingly annulled the purported victory of Senator Binani as the winner of the election.

The Jurist, accordingly, declared that APC cannot field any candidate in the 2023 election.

Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan observed that the suit, which was filed by way of originating summons, came up to the Court of Appeal with eight issues for determination, along with two questions.

She said five out of the eight issues were dismissed while the remaining three were resolved in favour of the appellant, Senator Binani.

Supporters of Senator Binani took to the streets of Jimeta, celebrating the victory.

Reporting by Fidelis Jockthan; Editing by Tina Oyinsan and Tony Okerafor