Tribunal dismisses APC petition challenging Gov Ishaku’s election
NEWS DIGEST–The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Abubakar Danladi in the March 9 governorship election in the state.
NAN reports that on March 21, the tribunal for Taraba relocated to Abuja, due to concerns over the security of its members and the petitioners.
In his ruling, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice M.O. Adewarahe said the petition was dismissed because of the July 5 Supreme Court.
The petition was dismissed as a result of the Supreme Court judgment on July 5, which upheld the Appeal Court judgment that disqualified Danladi on the grounds of false declaration of age.
The governorship candidate of the APC, Danladi and the 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.
NAN reports that 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.