The All Progressives Congress candidate for governor in Taraba State, Emmanuel Bwacha, has been fired by a federal high court in Jalingo, the state’s capital.
Following a petition from one of the candidates, David Sabo Kente, Bwacha was fired.
Justice Simon Amobeda ordered a new primary to be held in Taraba within 14 days, relying on the information that was presented to the court that no governorship primary had been held there.
The judgment further mandated that the Independent National Electoral Commission cease immediately from designating Emmanuel Bwacha as the party’s candidate, and that the incumbent senator for Taraba South cease acting as the APC’s nominee for governor.
While the returning officer indicated that no primary was held in the state at the police headquarters due to security threats, he countered that it is impossible for all of the primary results to have the same handwriting.
The alleged fake declaration of results at the Danbaba Suntai Airport in Jalingo by the returning officer before leaving the state on a private plane was deemed unacceptable by Justice Amobeda.
Counsels representing the APC and the ousted candidate responded to the verdict by saying that they will review it before either going to the Appeal Court or agreeing to a new primary.
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