The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola, Adamawa State capital, has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidates for Taraba and Adamawa states, Emmanuel Bwacha and Aisha Binani, were eligible to contest for the 2023 general election.
It ruled that the governorship primaries that produced both standard-bearers were organised in accordance with the law and that the candidates were eligible to stand for election in the state.
The court ordered that their names should be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as APC governorship candidates for both states.
Hopes of Binani and Bwacha contesting upcoming election were restored on Thursday in a judgment delivered by a three man panel led by Justice T. Y Hassan and two others were Judge M. O. Bolaji and J. G. Abundaga, as JCA 1 and JCA 2.
The Federal High Court in Yola, Adamawa State, had on October 13, nullified the candidature of Binani as the governorship candidate of the APC in the state,
Based on suit FHC/YL/CS/12/2022 filed by another APC governorship aspirant in Adamawa, Nuhu Ribadu, the court declared Binani’s candidature invalid and unlawful.
Aside from that, the court also refused to order a fresh APC governorship primary in Adamawa State, rather disqualifying the party and the candidate from the election scheduled for next year.
Dissatisfied by the court ruling, which refused to order a fresh primary that would have enabled him, to contest the governorship, Ribadu filed an appeal in suit NO.CA/YL/203/2022 between him and All Progressive Congress and two others.