The petition filed by Abubakar Danladi of the All Progressive Party (APC), challenging the re-election of Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9, 2019, governorship election has been thrown out.
Danladi’s petition which sought to nullify Gov. Ishaku’s re-election on the grounds of irregularities during the governorship polls was dismissed on Friday by the Taraba State Governorship Election Tribunal presided over by a three-man panel led by Justice M.O. Adewara.
While delivering its judgement, the tribunal unanimously held that the petitioners failed to prove their claims that the election was marred by irregularities and substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
Justice Adewara, who read the lead judgment, also said that since a Federal High Court in the state, gave a judgment on March 6, 2019, in suit: FHC/JAL/CS/01/2019, disqualifying Danladi from contesting the election, he could not be said to be a candidate in the election.
The tribunal also added that since judgment was upheld up to the Supreme Court, it meant that APC had no valid candidate in the election, did not participate in the election and was not qualified, along with Danladi, to have presented a petition before the tribunal.