By Matthew Tabe
There’s palpable excitement as the Court of Appeal, Yola Division, has reinstated Senator Emmanuel Bwacha as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State.
In a unanimous decision, the three-man panel led by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan, set aside the judgment of the trial court and ruled in favour of Bwacha.
Recall that on September 20, the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, had nullified the election of Bwacha as the APC governorship candidate in the state.
The court also ordered that a fresh primary election should be conducted by the party to elect a new governorship candidate.
The High Court ruling followed a petition filed before the court by one of the aspirants, David Sabo Kente.
Kente had told the court that no governorship primary election was held in Taraba. Justice Simon Amobeda subsequently nullified Bwacha’s election and ordered a fresh primary within 14 days.
The judge also ordered the electoral commission, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to stop forthwith the recognition of Bwacha as the candidate of the party.
However, on Thursday, the judgment of the High Court was overruled by the Appeal Court. The counsel for the APC, Boniface Iorkumbur said “justice has been served to APC and its governorship candidate, Bwacha.
“I salute the courage of my Lords, the appeal having succeeded, the matter is put to rest. Our client and its candidate can now proceed with the campaign.”