Delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, during the governorship primaries conducted by the party in Taraba State, have accused the All Progressive Congress, APC, of embarking on a deliberate and sustained media campaign aimed at misleading the Court of Appeal as well as Nigerians with a view to influencing the court’s decision.
It would be recalled that the state’s governorship election is
currently a subject of appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, where the candidate of the PDP, Governor Darius Ishaku is challenging the verdict of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which sacked him as governor and declared Senator Aisha Al-Hassan of the APC as governor on the grounds that the PDP did not conduct a primary election that produced Ishaku as its candidate.
This is coming even as Senator Al-Hassan did not score the 2/3 of the votes cast in the 16 Local Government Areas of the state, as required by law, but won in only 5 LGA’s.
A group, the Coalition of Taraba State PDP Delegates, CTPD, led by Mallam Usman Aliyu in a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, said the rival APC was engaging in a deliberate drive to mis-inform Nigerians on the true position of events leading to the PDP primaries in Taraba state and even after.
According to the PDP delegates, there was a primary election for the party’s governorship candidate where about five aspirants, including Ishaku participated in Abuja, at the instance of party’s national secretariat, where Governor Ishaku emerged as the PDP flag bearer in the general elections.
Mallam Usman Aliyu said, contrary to insinuations being peddled by the APC in the media, “at no time did the party or any of its organs in Taraba initiate any talks with either Alhaji Garba Umar, UTC, a former illegal Acting – Governor or Chief David Sabo Kente of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, for any form of cooperation over the Appeal”.
Giving an insight on the claim, Mallam Usman said there was no way the understanding of the duo could have been solicited for at this material time, since there was no need for any more witnesses at the Appeal Court or any fresh testimony, adding that the said personalities were no longer members of the PDP and as such were of no relevance in the matter.
“Let the whole world know that Garba UTC and his supporters in Taraba State worked for Aisha and APC, while David Sabo Kentewas, also a candidate in the same election under SDP. They left the PDP to pursue their interests and ambitions on other platforms, so how are they now relevant in this case”, he added.
He debunked reports in some sections of the media that there was confusion in our party, as aspirants insistence that no primary elections held, was just the figment imagination of the sponsors of such publications”.
The group’s spokesman further explained that Garba UTC, having been removed by the court as Acting – Governor, saw his ambition of becoming governor under the new dispensation fall flat on his face, and instead opted for the senate, but later withdrew for Senator Abubakar Sani Danladi under some private arrangements.
“Garba UTC reportedly withdrew from the Senatorial race for Danladi when the former indicated interest and Garba being his maternal uncle, decided to step aside for his nephew so as to avoid any embarrassment to their family in what may turn out to be an unpleasant political rivalry.
“The actions of the state APC, he maintained smacked of mischief and calculated design to divert attention from the main issues before the court, adding that the party should rather concentrate on how to prove its case of connivance with the Election Tribunal before a superior court, instead of attempting to paint a non-existing scenario”, he added.
He therefore called on well-meaning Taraba people and supporters of the PDP in the state to remain calm and law abiding, while awaiting the out-come of the appeal.


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