Appeal court sacks PDP senator in Taraba
OVER one week after the Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja sacked Taraba State governor, the Court of Appeal sitting in Yola yesterday upheld the Taraba Election Petitions Tribunal’s ruling, which sacked Senator Bashir Marafa Abba of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), representing Taraba Central Senatorial District.
In a unanimous judgment that lasted for over two hours, the three judges, Justices Jummai Hanatu Sankey, Duobele Abraham and Maiwada, all agreed that the appeal brought before the court by the plaintiffs lacked merit and was therefore dismissed.
They upheld the decision of the Tribunal sacking Marafa Abba as senator representing Taraba Central.
The tribunal had last month sacked Marafa after the plaintiff at the tribunal proved all the allegations of election malpractice where it ruled that Yusuf of APC be declared the winner of the senatorial election.
Speaking after the judgment, Chairman of Taraba APC, Alhaji Hassan Jika Ardo, expressed delight at the judgment and commended the judiciary for living up to expectations.
Ardo urged APC supporters in the state to continue to remain calm in the state, adding that his party would continue to seek justice in the law court over what he described as snatching of the party hard-earned victories in the last general elections.