Court Orders Fresh Primary, Sacks APC Guber Candidate

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Taraba state, Emmanuel Bwacha has been told to step down while the party has also been ordered to conduct a fresh party primary.

Bwacha was told to step down by the Judge of a Federal High Court in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

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This is coming as a result of a petition by one David Sabo Kente, a gubernatorial aspirant in the state.

Relying on the evidences before the court that no governorship primary was held in Taraba, Justice Simon Amobeda ordered a fresh primary within 14 days.

The judge also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to stop forthwith the recognition of Emmanuel Bwacha as the candidate of the party and that the current senator representing Taraba South in turn should desist from parading himself as the governorship candidate of the APC.

He argued that it is not possible for all the primary results to have the same handwriting while the returning officer declared that no primary was held in the state at the police headquarters due to security threats.

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Justice Amobeda described as inappropriate, the alleged false declaration of results at the Danbaba Suntai Airport Jalingo before jetting out of the state via a private jet by the returning officer.

Reacting to the judgment, counsels for the APC and sacked candidate stated that they will study the judgment before either proceeding to the Appeal Court or submitting to a fresh primary.

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