The Court of Appeal in Yola has reserved judgment in the four appeals challenging the nomination of Col. Dantata Kefas Agbu as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Taraba State.
The appeals set to be decided by the appellate court panel presided by Justice Hassan are CA/YL/170/2022, CA/YL/173/2022, CA/YL/175/2022, and CA/YL/176/2011.
The appeals were filed by Professor Joseph Albasu and Dr Hilkiah Bubajoda Mafindi challenging the ruling of a Federal High Court in Jalingo refusing their application for joinder in the suit against the PDP primary.
The earlier suit was brought by Professor Jerome Nyameh is challenging Agbu’s nomination as PDP candidate over the violation of Part VII, Article 1 of the Electoral Guidelines for the Primary Elections of the PDP, 2022, having failed to resign before purchasing the forms.
Nyameh submitted that the primary was held on May 25, which was only six days after Agbu resigned, and many days after the screening of aspirants on April 28, when he was still the state party chairman.
Nyameh is further submits that Agbu only resigned via a letter dated May 17, 2022, which was received at the national headquarters on May 19.
Agbu polled 443 votes to come first, Albasu polled 31 votes, Nyameh polled 24 votes, Senator Danlami Joel Ikenya polled 11 votes and Mafindi polled 6 votes.
But in his application for joinder, Albasu, through his counsel, Reuben Atabo (SAN) is contending that having come second, he ought to be declared winner of the primary after Agbu’s nomination is nullified.