Why APC Petition Against Gov. Ishaku Was Dismissed – Tribunal
The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has given the reason for the dismissal of the petition of the All Progressives Congress, APC governorship candidate, Abubakar Danladi in the March 9 guber poll in the state.
The tribunal dismissed Danladi’s petition today, Wednesday.
The tribunal was relocated to Abuja on March 21 due to concerns over the security of its members and petitioners.
According to the tribunal chairman, Justice M.O. Adewarahe, the petition was dismissed because of the Supreme Court judgement on July 5, which upheld the Appeal Court judgement that disqualified Danladi on the grounds of false declaration of age.
Recall that Danladi and his party had approached the tribunal to challenge the victory of Governor Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The petitioners claimed that the governor was not duly elected by a majority of lawful votes cast in the election.
They further claimed that the governor’s election was invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
Joined as a respondent in the petition was the Independent National Electoral Commission.
According to reports, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal filed before it by Danladi, challenging his disqualification by the Federal High Court in Jalingo.
A five-man Panel of the Supreme Court headed by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammed, dismissed the appeal filed by Danladi for being incompetent and failing to meet the requirements of the law.