The All Progressive Congress (APC) election in Taraba state, which took place on 24 October 2021, has been nullified by the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, the state capital.
In his ruling of the case filed by some aggrieved members of the party over the process leading up to the election, Justice Simon Amobeda ruled the defendants violated the guidelines of such elections as spelled out in the party’s constitution.
Amobeda also stated that the defendants conducted the election against a court order which was given, restraining them from conducting the elections.
Counsel to the defendant, Barr. John Odekena expressed dissatisfaction with the judgement and vowed to approach the appeal court after consulting his client.
Barr. Joy Ezekiel, counsel to the plaintiffs expressed satisfaction with the judgment, adding that the defendants had among other things failed to officially notify their members of the said election within 24 hours before the date of the election as stipulated in the guidelines of the party.
According to Ezekiel, justice had been vindicated after a yearlong battle.