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Court has the right to interfere if the procedure for electing a candidate is not followed– Oshoma

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola has set aside the High Court rulings nullifying the primaries that produced Emmanuel Bwacha and Aishatu Binani as the All-Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidates for Taraba and Adamawa states respectively.

The unanimous decision of the three-man panel led by Justice Tani Hassan, set aside the judgments of the lower court on Thursday and ordered that their names be resubmitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as APC governorship candidates for both states.

In September, Justice Simon Amo-beda of a Federal High Court in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, sacked Bwacha after a petition by an ex-aspirant, David Kente.

Similarly, last month, a Federal High Court sitting in Yola nullified APC primary that produced Binani as the party’s governorship candidate for Adamawa after a former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, had dragged Binani and INEC before the high court, alleging vote buying and illegal delegates list at the primary.

However, the appellate court on Thursday set aside both judgements, restoring the candidature of Bwacha and Binani.

To speak more on this, Liborous Oshoma, legal expert, joins me now. Thank you for joining me.




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