Court of appeal upholds Bwacha, Binani as APC governorship candidates in Adamawa, Taraba

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Appeal court upholds Bwacha, Binani as APC governorship candidates in Adamawa, Taraba


The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola on Thursday upheld the governorship candidacy of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aishatu Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states.

The Appeal Court, in a unanimous decision of the judges, set aside the High Court’s ruling that annulled the primaries that produced their candidacy and ordered that their names be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as candidates. of APC governorship for 2 states.

The Court of Appeal has a panel of 3 judges headed by Justice T. Y Hassan, with 2 other judges MO Bolaji and JG Abundaga.

For the record: Recall that on September 20, 2022, a Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda, nullified the primary governorship election that produced Senator Emmanuel Bwacha as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 election.

In his ruling on the case filed by one of the governorship aspirants, David Kente, the judge directed INEC to conduct a fresh governorship primary in the state within 14 days.

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

The court also ordered Bwacha to stop parading himself as the APC governorship candidate, as well as INEC to stop recognizing him as a candidate.

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Bwacha, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former deputy minority leader of the Senate later appealed the judgment and alleged that the ruling PDP in Taraba State was the main cause of the APC’s problems in the state.

In a related development, the Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, on October 13, nullified the candidature of Binani as the governorship candidate of the APC in the state.

In a suit FHC/YL/CS/12/2022 filed by another APC governorship aspirant in Adamawa, Nuhu Ribadu, the court declared Binani’s candidacy invalid and illegal.

Justice Abdulaziz Anka stated that the judgment was based on overwhelming evidence of non-compliance with party guidelines and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The court also refused to order a fresh APC governorship in Adamawa State.

Dissatisfied with the court’s decision, which refused to order a new primary that would allow him to contest a fresh gubernatorial primary, Ribadu filed an appeal in suit NO.CA/YL /203/2022 between him and the All Progressives Congress and two others. .

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