Supreme Court sacks Bwacha as Taraba guber candidate


The Supreme Court has nullified the nomination of Emmanuel Bwacha as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba state. Delivering judgment on Wednesday, a five-member panel led by Kudirat Kekere-Ekun affirmed the verdict of the federal high court which held that the APC did not conduct any valid governorship primary in the state.
A federal high sitting in Jalingo, Taraba state, had in September 2022, sacked Bwacha as the APC governorship candidate.
One of the governorship aspirants, David Kente had filed the suit against Bwacha’s emergence as the candidature of the party.
The high court presided by justice Simon Amobeda had held that no governorship primary of APC was held in Taraba state.
The judge condemned the false declaration of results at Danbaba Suntai airport in Jalingo by the returning officer who later reportedly left the country on a private jet.
The judge had ordered that a fresh primary should be conducted within 14 days.
However, on November 24, the court of appeal in Yola set aside the judgment of the trial court which sacked Bwacha.
Not satisfied with the judgment of the appeal court, Kente, through his counsel, Kanu Agabi, approached the supreme court.
The apex court, in its judgment, held that the court of appeal was wrong to have set aside the decision of the trial court.
Consequently, the apex court set aside the judgment of the court of appeal.


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