Appeal Court Sets Aside Judgement Nullifying Bwacha, Binani As Guber. Candidates

The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola has set aside the High Court rulings nullifying the primaries that produced Emmanuel Bwacha and Aishatu Binani as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidates for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.

The court on Thursday ordered that their names be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as APC governorship candidates for both states.

In September, Justice Simon Amobeda of a Federal High Court in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, sacked Bwacha after a petition by an ex-aspirant, David Kente.

The judge had argued that it is not possible for all the primary results to have the same handwriting while the returning officer declared that no primary was held in the state at the police headquarters due to security threats.

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The former Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate then appealed the judgement alleging that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State is the cause of the APC problems within the state.

In the same vein, a Federal High Court sitting in Yola nullified APC primary that produced Binani as the party’s governorship candidate for Adamawa last month

Justice Abdulaziz Anka declared that the judgement was based on factual evidence of non-compliance with the party guidelines and that of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, who came second during the exercise, had dragged Binani and INEC before the high court, alleging vote buying and illegal delegates list at the primary conducted on May 27, 2022.

Nonetheless, the appellate court on Thursday set aside both judgements.