EFFECT OF SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT ON SANI DANLADI’S PETITION AGAINST GOVERNOR DARIUS ISHAKU BEFORE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL
The Petition of Sani Abubakar Danladi and APC against Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of PDP pending before the Taraba state Governorship election Petition Tribunal sitting in Apo High Court, Abuja FCT is now rendered incompetent and amounts to a mere academic exercisebefore the law.
The reason why the Petition is incompetent is because by virtue of the Federal High Court judgement that disqualified Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi from contesting the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi was never a candidate of APC nor any other political party in the said election; and since “ONLY A CANDIDATE THAT CONTESTED AN ELECTION UNDER THE PLATFORM OF A POLITICAL PARTY HAS THE RIGHT UNDER THE NIGERIAN LAW TO FILE A ELECTION PETITION AGAINST ANOTHER CANDIDATE OR POLITICAL PARTY” Sani Abubakar Danladi by reason of his disqualification by the Federal High Court, Jalingo is deemed by the law as having not contested as a candidate in the said Governorship election; and Sani’s party APC is also deemed by the law as not having/sponsoring a candidate in the said election; therefore, Sani Abubakar Danladi and APC do not have the right nor Locus Standi to file election Petition against Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and PDP in an election that Sani and APC did not participate in.
Sani’s election Petition at the Tribunal is now ahuge waste of time, energy and resources.
The Petition is now at the mercy of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and PDP because any moment Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku makes an application to the Tribunal seeking the dismissal of the Petition for being incompetent and vexatious; the Tribunal SHALL grant the application and dismiss Sani’s Petition because Sani and APC are not qualified to sue the Governor and PDP at the Tribunal since Sani and APC never participated in the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state.