Court Strikes Out Appeal Against Taraba Governor

Darius Ishaku
Governor of Taraba State, Mr Darius Ishaku.

The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, today struck out the appeal of a governorship candidate, Mr. David Kente, against the governor of Taraba State, Mr Darius Ishaku.

The petitioner had gone to the appeal court to challenge the eligibility of the Taraba Governor to contest the 2015 elections, on the grounds that he did not contest the primary election.

Mr. Kente, who was a PDP aspirant, contested the primary in December 2014 and lost but later defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP), to contest the same governorship election in 2015.

In her ruling, Justice Jummai Sanchi of the Appeal Court, Yola, struck out the case, stating that Mr. Kente has no locus standi.

Taraba Governorship: PDP Is Paying The Price Of Impunity – APC

Taraba Governorship Election Petition: PDP Is Paying The Price Of Impunity - APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC), has described Saturday’s judgment of the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as the clearest indication that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has started harvesting what it sowed in its years of impunity and recklessness.

In a statement issued on Sunday by the ruling party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lai Mohammed, the APC said that the PDP had always been a party of “anything goes”.

“Losing, Incrementally”

According to Mr Mohammed,”it is a matter of time for the party to come to grief, first by tumbling from the pinnacle of power and now by losing, incrementally, whatever remains of its crumbled empire”.

The statement adds that the PDP was only trifling by attributing the judgment to a supposed manipulation from the Presidency.

”President Muhammadu Buhari as well as his party, the APC, are strong believers in the rule of law, as against the rule of impunity, hence would never manipulate the judiciary for whatever reason. The PDP is clearly aware of this, but has chosen to blame everyone but itself for the fate that has befallen it.

“The PDP should have known that it would pay for its years of impunity and recklessness. For this party, the chicken has now come home to roost,” APC said.

The party said that “if the PDP is not blaming the judiciary, its favourite whipping boy, it is blaming the APC, the Presidency or even Nigerians for its plight, warning it to stop shifting responsibility.

”PDP should leave the judiciary, the Presidency and the APC alone and accept responsibility for its actions,” the statement further read.

The APC also stressed that, From the judgment of the Tribunal, it was clear that the impunity of the PDP cost it the election. Not only did the party breach Section 78 (b) (1) (2) of the Electoral Act concerning the organisation of party primaries, it was not even deemed to have participated in the April 11 governorship election in Taraba State in the eyes of the law.

”Apart from not complying with the Electoral Act, the election of the PDP candidate, Mr Darius Ishaku, in the purported primaries in Abuja, was done after the stipulated time for party primaries had elapsed, according to the Tribunal.

“It is thus clear that the election result in Taraba was not annulled for any other reason, but the impunity and recklessness that permeated the life and times of the cadaverous PDP”, the statement said.

Not The First Time

The APC  also stressed that it was not the first time the court had ruled against PDP’s impunity of violating its own constitutional provisions and the Electoral Act, with regards to ensuring internal democracy in the conduct of primary elections.

”The first landmark judgment came from the Supreme Court when it ruled against PDP’s impunity in 2007 and ordered that Rotimi Amaechi be installed as Governor of Rivers instead of Celestine Omehia who was illegally imposed,” it  said.

The party further maintained that the Supreme Court had also ruled against the DP in the case of Ifeanyi Ararume, when the party took his mandate as validly elected Governorship candidate and handed it over to another aspirant.

”It is instructive to note that these judgments took place while the PDP was in control of the Presidency. The opposition parties then, never questioned the integrity of the judiciary by making wild and weighty allegations as the PDP is doing now.”

The APC also said that the PDP should blame itself for its gross impunity with regards to the conduct of primary elections for Taraba State.

“For instance, if all political parties, including the APC which was then in opposition, could hold their primaries in the state, why would the PDP that was in control of the State Government come down to Abuja for its primaries against the provisions of the Electoral Act and the PDP constitution?”, it questioned.

The party nonetheless, said that the impunity was not only in the case of Taraba State because the PDP also moved its Governorship primaries for Borno and Adamawa States to Abuja in breach of the Electoral Act.

“The irony was that whereas the PDP claimed the primaries where shifted to Abuja because the capitals of Taraba, Borno and Adamawa States where not safe for primary elections, the PDP held Presidential campaigns in the same capitals of the affected states (Jalingo; Taraba State, Maiduguri;Borno State and Yola; Adamawa State).

The APC added: “Now that the PDP’s chicken has come home to roost, the party must be courageous enough to accept full responsibility and stop seeing enemies everywhere. The PDP is its own enemy”.

Senator Gbemisola Saraki Hails Alhassan’s Victory

Senator-Aisha-Jummai-AlHassanSenator Gbemisola Saraki has hailed the victory of Senator Aisha Alhassan, as the duly elected governor of Taraba State, declaring it a ‘monumental victory for Nigeria’s democracy and a validation that real change is here to stay’.

In a statement signed by her media aide, Abdul Muhammad, Senator Saraki said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) mantra of change is sweeping across Nigeria, as the country is experiencing many unprecedented democratic firsts.

“This is yet another historic moment for Nigeria, particularly the women and the advocates who have struggled over the years for equality in the political space. It is a milestone that would revolutionize our perception about women leadership and its prospect for true democracy”, she said.

Senator Saraki added that, The victory is not only that of Senator Alhassan, the people of Taraba, nor the APC alone, but for all Nigerian women, political and non-political, Muslims and Christians at home and in diaspora, who have fought diligently over the years for equality in party politics and in government appointments.

She, however, commended Senator Alhassan’s determination, resilience, tenacity and the dignified manner with which she protected the mandate bestowed by the people of Taraba State.

The Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja nullified the election of Mr Darius Ishaku as governor of Taraba State on Saturday.

The Tribunal, after nullifying the election, declared the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mrs Aisha Alhassan, winner of the April 11 election in Taraba State.

President Jonathan To Attend 22nd AU Summit In Addis Ababa

President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja on Wednesday to attend the 22nd Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government, which begins in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

The African Union has declared 2014 as ‘The Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa’ and the 22nd summit of African Union Heads of State and Government will have “Transforming Africa’s Agriculture: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Developmentas its theme.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Reuben Abati, President Jonathan and other participating Heads of State and Government will formally launch the ‘Year of Agriculture and Food Security in Africa’ which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme.

They will also consider and adopt the reports of high-level committees on the Assessment of the African Standby Force and the Operationalization of the African Capacity for Immediate response to Crises, as well as the reports of other high-level committees on United Nations Reforms, the post-2015 Development Agenda, African Trade and Climate Change.

President Jonathan will be accompanied to the summit by Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, the Minister of Health, Dr. Onyebuchi Chukwu and the Supervising Minister of Environment, Mr. Darius Ishaku.

He will return to Abuja at the conclusion of the summit on Friday.

25 companies submit bids for power distribution centres

A total of 25 companies have expressed interest to bid for 10 power distribution companies in the country.

Speaking at the opening of the bid in Abuja, a member of the National Council on Privatization (NCP), Mr. Atedo Peterside listed Jos Distribution Company, Kano, Portharcourt, Yola, Abuja, Benin, Enugu, Ibadan,Eko and Ikeja  distribution company as the successor companies.

Mr. Peterside said that the interest of the companies will be subject to the ratification of the NCP.

The Minister of State for Power, Mr Darius Ishaku appealed to distribution companies, who emerged as winners of the successor companies, to ensure adequate power supply for all Nigerians.