The Supreme Court has upheld the election of Governor Darius Ishaku, the Peoples Democratic, PDP, candidate in the April 11, 2015, governorship election in Taraba state.
A seven-man panel of Justices at the Supreme court, in a unanimous judgment on Thursday, dismissed the the appeal that was lodged by Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour who delivered the lead verdict, affirmed the earlier judgment of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which declared
Gov Ishaku as the valid winner of the gubernatorial contest. “I am of the firm view that there is no merit in this appeal and it is hereby dismissed. The Judgment of the Court of Appeal is affirmed and the election of governor Darius Ishaku is hereby upheld”, Justice Rhodes-Vivour held.
The Supreme Court, however, reserved the ratio decidendi, (reason for deciding) for the judgement till February 22.
Senator Alhassan who is currently the Minister of Women affairs, had prayed the apex court to set aside the verdict of the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal which earlier upheld governor Ishaku’s election.