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Court nullifies Taraba APC governorship primary

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The Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo and presided over by Justice Simon Amobeda on Tuesday sacked the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha.

Justice Amobeda, in his ruling in a case filed by one of the governorship aspirants, Chief David Kente, directed the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a fresh governorship primary in the state within 14 days.

The judge held that all the primary election results couldn’t have been written in the same handwriting.

The court also faulted the alleged false declaration of results at the Danbaba Suntai Airport Jalingo by the presiding officer before jetting out of the state when he had earlier declared that no primary was held in the state at the police headquarters.

The court then ordered INEC to stop recognising Bwacha as the candidate of the APC and asked the senator to stop parading himself as such.

Reacting to the judgment, counsel for the APC, Festus Idepefo (SAN); and Bwacha’s counsel, Dr Ibrahim Effiong, said they would study the judgment and consult their clients before taking another action.

Shuaibu Ataka who represented Kente, in an interview with journalists, said the judgment had sent a message to Nigerians that the era of impunity is over.

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