Politics: Taraba APC: Court orders fresh governorship primary in 14 days Daily Parrot

The Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo yesterday nullified the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election that produced Senator Emmanuel Bwacha as the flagbearer of the party in Taraba State for next year’s general elections.

The presiding judge, Justice Simon Akpah Amobeda, ordered that a fresh primary poll be conducted within 14 days of the judgment.

“Within seven days only, the party (APC) should determine the mode of conduct of the fresh primary -whether by direct poll, indirect or consensus,” the court said.

One of the aspirants in the Taraba APC governorship primary held on May 26 2022, David Sabo Kente had sued the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Emmanuel Bwacha and the APC as the first, second and third defendants respectively, challenging the legitimacy of the conduct of the primary.

In determining the substantive suit, the judge noted that the Chairman of the Taraba APC Governorship Election Committee had said there was no election and that he did not order the conduct of any election when he held a press conference at the Police Headquarters in Jalingo.

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The judge also noted that there was no evidence before the court that the direct primary adopted by the third defendant (APC) was held.

Justice Amobeda also held that the aspirants were not given equal opportunity to campaign.

He resolved that the weight of evidence before the court showed that no election was held and that the nomination of Senator Bwacha “was null and void and therefore set aside.”

“No APC governorship primary election was held in Taraba. Therefore, the nomination of the second defendant (Bwacha) as the governorship candidate did not comply with the Electoral Act of 2022,” the judge held.

The judge described the Taraba governorship primary election held on May 26, 2022, as a “sham,” adding that “the third defendant (APC) is restrained from presenting its candidate (Bwacha) to the first defendant (INEC) for the 2023 general election.

Justice Amobeda ordered that “the third defendant shall, within 14 days, conduct a fresh election and shall determine the mode of primary within seven days of the judgment.”

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