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APC Taraba Guber wahala

By P. D. Pius, Esq, ACIArb

In May 2022 the Federal High Court in Jalingo through Justice Amobeda ordered the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state to use only the list of delegates in Exhibit A1 for the party’s primaries. This judgment was contained in suit No. FHC/JAL/CS/10/2022. There was no appeal of the judgment.

Because they did not want to obey the court, they opted for direct primaries. The Supreme Court in a recent ruling has now upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court and nullified the primaries conducted using the direct method. Double Wahala! Back to square one! Back to delegates wahala!

Don’t forget the Five Chairmen of the Five Local Governments of Taraba South suspended for their Loyalty to DSK are back by virtue of the unappealed judgment of the Federal High Court in suit FHC/JAL/CS/10/2022.

Two main hurdles for the APC to cross:

1. Are they still going to conduct the fresh primaries within the 14 days as ordered by Justice Amodeda? Remember his order was in September 2022. It is now over four months since the order for fresh primaries was made by Justice Amodeda which the Supreme Court has upheld.

It is also less than 180 days to the election contrary to provisions of the Electoral Act for the conduct of primaries.

2. Will they now conduct the fresh primaries based on the delegate list favourable to DSK as ordered by Justice Amodeda? Or They will not do primaries at all.

These two mountains stand in the way of APC participating in the Taraba election for now. The coming days will be intriguing! This is also as we await the wisdom of the Supreme Court on PDP guber!

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