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Taraba: Court orders APC to conduct fresh governorship primary

APC in Taraba is staring down the barrel of a gun as court nullified its governorship primary.

• September 20, 2022
Emmanuel Bwacha and APC

The Jalingo Division of the Federal High Court has nullified the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that produced Emmanuel Bwacha as the candidate for the 2023 general elections.

An aspirant, David Kente, had approached the court to challenge the conduct of the primary, asking the court to order a fesh election, among other prayers.

Justice Simeon Amobeda on Tuesday ordered that a fresh primary be conducted within 14 days.

The judge said the defendant could not convince the court that there was a primary election through which he emerged as the party’s flag bearer.

The court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Mr Bwacha.

Reacting to the judgment, counsel to Mr Bwacha, Ibrahim Effiong, said he would study the judgment and consult with his client on the next action.

Rhe counsel to the APC, Festus Idepefo, also said he would consult with his client after studying the judgment to decide the next line of action.

Meanwhile, Mr Kente has described the court’s ruling as a landmark judgment.

He said the evidence before the court which influenced the decision vindicated his position and that of many party supporters in Taraba.


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