Taraba: Tribunal Sacks PDP Lawmaker, Affirms Election of 2 APC Candidates
- Two lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State have been affirmed election winners
- Justice Benson Ogbu-led election petition tribunal ruled against the petitions of the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- Another candidate for the PDP, Nuhu Akila, was also sacked by the tribunal and was ordered to surrender his certificate of return issued by INEC
Justice Benson Ogbu, who led the judicial panel for the election tribunal, also affirmed the victory of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Batulu Mohammed, for Gashaka State Constituency and Abel Peter of Mbamnga Constituency, have retained their seats.
In the case of PDP’s Akila, Justice Ogbu favoured the argument of the APC candidate, Emmanuel George, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission to issue a certificate of return to George.
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The petition reportedly borders on non-qualification and non-compliance to the Electoral Act, which the Tribunal dismissed due to lack of merit.
APC lawmaker reacts to tribunal’s verdict
Reacting to the ruling of the election tribunal, George said:
“Justice has prevailed. We have said earlier that we have won a majority of the lawful votes that were cast.
“It was sorted and counted out in the full glare of the public and the Tribunal has affirmed that I am the true winner of that election. They went ahead to say INEC should retrieve the certificate of return and also return me immediately.”
Tribunal sacks third Plateau PDP federal lawmaker, declares LP’s candidate winner
On Tuesday, September 12, the tribunal ruled that Bagos was not validly nominated by the PDP and declared the LP candidate, Ajang Alfred, the poll winner.
This makes it the third time in Plateau state that the tribunal has nullified the election victories of PDP candidates.