A PANEL constituted
by the Appeal Court to
consider the Taraba State
governorship election
dispute will commence
hearing today.
The panel will be
considering the appeal filed
by Governor Darius Ishaku
against the governorship
tribunal ruling which
declared the candidate
of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, Senator
Aisha Alhassan, as the
The Appeal Court panel
will after hearing from both
parties in the matter, fix a
date for judgment.
The Taraba State
Governorship Tribunal
sitting in Abuja had nullified
the election of Darius Ishaku
of the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP, and returned
Hajia Aisha Alhassan of
the APC as winner of the
In the ruling, the tribunal
noted that PDP did not
conduct primaries and that
Ishaku was not duly elected
by delegates of the party,
an action that was in clear
violation of the Electoral Act.
The tribunal added that
in view of that violation,
all votes secured by the
governor were considered
Following the ruling, the
governor approached the
Appeal Court, but several
analysts and groups within
and outside the state, have
insisted that there is no way
he can remain governor
since, ”he did not emerge
through the right process”.
A political analyst in
Taraba State, Bitrus Yandede,
expressed optimism that the
appellate court will uphold
the election.
He maintained that the
PDP erred by not conducting
a proper election.
”The Justice Musa
Abubakar-led tribunal
worked with the report
of the deputy director of
INEC who was posted to
the state to monitor the PDP
The report indicated that
while the INEC deputy
director and other principal
officers of the commission
were in Jalingo, leaders of
the party refused to conduct
the primaries as required by
the electoral law.
”Nobody can change
the established law of the
country. I know that the PDP
will get the same ruling they
got at the tribunal.“

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