Taraba: You Lack Locus Standi, Supreme Court Tells APC, Aisha Alhassan

Former minister and ex-APC Guber Candidate in Taraba

By Sadiq Umar – The Supreme Court has offered reasons for its ruling that gave victory to Governor Darius Ishiaku of Taraba State, declaring on Monday that the All Progressive Congress and its governorship candidate, Aisha Alhassan, had no locus standi to challenge the nomination of the Peoples Democratic Party governor.

APC Guber Candidate in Taraba
APC Guber Candidate in Taraba

The court also held that by the evidence before it, the governor was duly sponsored by its party, PDP, for the March 2015 elections.

Reading the details of the judgement, Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, averred that the appeals and cross appeals had no redeemable substance.

According to the judge, “The matter is very simple, the apex court has ruled on matters of this nature at different occasions.

“There is no way a candidate of another political party who did not participate in the primaries of another political party could suddenly rise to challenge the conduct of such an exercise.

“It is therefore, clear that the appeals and all the cross appeals against the election of Governor Darius Ishiaku of Taraba have no redeemable substance,” Mr. Rhodes-Vivour said.

The Supreme Court further said that the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal grossly misdirected itself in its ruling against the governor.

It would be recalled that Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal earlier nullified the election of Mr. Ishiaku, declaring the APC candidate as winner, before the Appeal court reversed the judgement.

Mrs Alhassan and her party the APC, then approached the Supreme Court which later ruled in favour of the PDP candidate.


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