The Supreme Court has nullified the nomination of Emmanuel Bwacha the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate 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, the Cable reports.
The PUNCH reports that the Federal High Court Jalingo in September 2022 nullified the governorship primaries that produced Bwacha as the APC candidate.
In his ruling, Justice Simon Amobeda on the case filed by one of the governorship aspirants, David Kente, the judge directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh governorship primary in the state within 14 days.
The court also ordered Bwacha to stop parading himself as the governorship candidate of the APC, as well as INEC to stop recognising Bwacha as a candidate.
After the judgment, Bwacha, through his Gubernatorial Campaign Council, urged supporters and the public to remain calm.
In a statement issued in Jalingo by the Director Media and Publicity of the Campaign Council, Aaron Arthimas, the team described the judgement then as a temporary setback.
“We are not unaware of the ruling of the Federal High Court Jalingo, nullifying the APC Gubernatorial Primaries in Taraba State.
“However, the council calls on all our teaming supporters to remain calm as the development is only a temporary setback.
“The Bwacha Gubernatorial Campaign Council hereby assures everyone that our campaign is open to any option to be decided by the party.
“The National Executive Committee of the party remains the organ empowered by the constitution and the Electoral Act to present candidates for election into various offices.
“While awaiting the decision of NEC of the party, our team of Lawyers will study the judgement after the receipt of the hard copy before deciding on the next line of action,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, The Court of Appeal in Yola in November 2022 upheld the governorship candidacy of Bwacha and Aishatu Ahmed also known as Aisha Binani for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.
The court set aside a ruling by the High Court nullifying their candidacy and ordered that their names be forwarded to the INEC as the APC governorship candidates for both states.
The court’s sitting was presided over by a panel of three justices of the Court of Appeal, which had justice T. Y Hassan as the presiding judge and two others, Judge M. O. Bolaji and J. G. Abundaga, as JCA 1 and JCA 2.