Appeal Court dismisses nullification of APC’s Bwacha, Binani’s candidacy

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola has dismissed the High Court rulings which nullified the primaries that produced Emmanuel Bwacha and Aishatu Binani as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidates for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.

In its judgment on Thursday, the court ordered that their names should be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as APC governorship candidates for both states.

The Nigerian News reports that Justice Simon Amobeda of a Federal High Court in Jalingo, Taraba State, had sacked Bwacha in September after a petition by a former aspirant, David Kente.

The judge had argued that it is impossible 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.

The former Deputy Senate Minority Leader later appealed the judgment, while blaming the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State for APC’s problems within the state.

Similarly, last month, a Federal High Court sitting in Yola nullified APC primary that produced Binani as the party’s governorship candidate for Adamawa.

In the ruling, Justice Abdulaziz Anka declared that the judgment was based on substantial evidence of non-compliance with the party guidelines and that of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

A former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, who came second during the exercise, had dragged Binani and INEC before the high court, while alleging vote buying and illegal delegates list at the primary conducted on May 27, 2022.

However, the appellate court on Thursday dismissed both judgments.

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