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Court clears ex-Taraba acting governor to contest elections

A Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, on Friday, cleared a former acting governor of Taraba State, Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi to contest future elections in the country.

Justice Simon Amobeda in his ruling nullified a  previous judgement of March 6, 2019, disqualifying Senator Danladi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress from participating in the 2019 governorship election and other elections, saying  Danladi can participate in any form of political activities.

The judge held the court has jurisdiction to set aside its earlier judgement and by virtue of the plaintiff’s affidavit he can participate in any form of elections, citing the case between Supreme Court Vs Dingyadi, INEC Vs Okoro Ugwuanyi and kogi State Vs INEC.

The presiding judge ruled that “the application by the defendant’s counsel lacks the merits to prove whether the earlier judgement will be set aside, therefore, the case was a pre-election matter and this court shouldn’t have attended to the case.”

David Kashima, counsel to Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi, said the judgment is a victory for the rule of law, saying his client does not have any encumbrance from participating in political activities in the country.


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