The All Progressives Congress in Taraba State has said that its governorship campaign will continue despite the judgment of the Supreme Court nullifying the nomination of Emmanuel Bwacha the APC governorship candidate in the state.
The Taraba APC Chairman, Ibrahim El-Sudi, made this known during a live appearance on Channels Television’s on Friday.
El-Sudi also said the party has accepted that no primary election was held in the state since the court stated it, adding that “we cannot say otherwise. That is the position of the Supreme Court and we are bound by it”
Bwacha who said the apex court’s decision does not hinder the party explained that, “The Supreme Court decision doesn’t stop anything because it is the right of an individual to go to court and they have exhausted it. And the Supreme Court has now ordered that there should be a fresh primary election.
“As far as litigation is concerned, we are not in control obviously; it is the right of an individual to go to court. It is his right to purchase forms and then contest. The constitution equally gives him the right to go to court and we have no control over that.
“There will be a level playing field. And obviously, I am not the person to conduct the fresh primary election.
“It is the National Secretariat that appoints persons to go and conduct such fresh primary elections. All I am to do is give them an enabling environment for them to operate smoothly and then come out with a result,” he added.
The PUNCH reported on Wednesday that the Supreme Court nullified the nomination of Bwacha the APC governorship candidate in Taraba State following a judgment delivered by a five-member panel led by Kudirat Kekere-Ekun affirmed the verdict of the Federal High Court which held that the APC did not conduct any valid governorship primary in the state, the Cable reports.
reports that the Federal High Court Jalingo in September 2022 nullified the governorship primary that produced Bwacha as the APC candidate.
The court also ordered Bwacha to stop parading himself as the governorship candidate of the APC, as well as INEC to stop recognising Bwacha as a candidate.