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Taraba NNPP gubernatorial candidate takes case to the supreme court

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Professor Sani Yahaya, the gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) for Taraba State in the 2023 general election, has rejected the recent judgment of the appeal court in Abuja. He has resolved to proceed to the Apex court to seek redress, expressing optimism about reclaiming the mandate given to him by Tarabans.

During a media briefing in Jalingo, the state capital, he criticized the judgments of both the tribunal and the appeal court, alleging a miscarriage of justice and lack of fairness. The Appeal Court had dismissed his case, which contested the verdict of the gubernatorial election petition tribunal upholding Governor Agbu Kefas’s election.

Despite his discontent, he urged his supporters to remain calm and avoid acts capable of igniting unrest as he takes the battle to the Apex Court. He remains determined to reclaim what he believes is his mandate, expressing optimism that the Supreme Court will not follow the paths of the tribunal and the Appeal Court.

Professor Yahaya mentioned that he had approached the appeal court with the expectation of receiving justice, expressing disappointment that his appeal was dismissed. The court cited the absence of some pages from the tribunal’s proceeding papers as grounds for its decision.

He clarified that the proceedings papers were thoroughly examined by lawyers and attributed the missing pages to the secretary of the tribunal, who was legally responsible for presenting them to the appeal court.

He recounted how crucial pages were found to be missing during the presentation, and despite efforts to rectify the situation, the appeal court still dismissed his appeal based on the missing pages, leading to his lament.

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