JUST IN: Supreme Court Dismissed The Appeal Filed Before It By Taraba APC Governorship Candidate Sani Abubakar Danladi
A five man Panel of the Supreme Court of Nigeria sitting in Abuja today the 5th day of July, 2019 and composed of The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Tanko Mohammed JSC, Mary Peter Odili JSC, Olukayode Ariwoola JSC, Paul Galumje JSC and Uwani Abbaji JSC have dismissed the Appeal filed by Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi the purported APC Governorship candidate in the 2019 Taraba state Governorship election which challenges his disqualification by the Federal High Court, Jalingo.
The Supreme Court dismissed the Appeal for being incompetent and failing to meet the requirements of the law.
Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi was disqualified from contesting the 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state on the 6th day of March,2019 by the Federal High Court, Jalingo presided over by Honorable Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam.
However, on the 7th day of March, 2019 the Court of Appeal sitting in Yola and composed of Chidi Nwaoma Uwa JCA (Presiding), James Shehu Abiriyi JCA and Abdullahi Mahmud Bayero JCA granted an interim stay of status quo in favour of Sani Abubakar Danladi which enabled him to stand for the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state. The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola subsequently and still composed of the above mentioned Justices later heard the Appeal of Sani Abubakar Danladi on the merit and struck out the Appeal for being incompetent on the 3rd day of may, 2019.
Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi further Appealed to the Supreme Court against the judgement of the Court of Appeal which Appeal the Supreme Court have struck out/ dismissed today for being incompetent and failing to meet the requirements of the law.
EFFECT OF THE JUDGEMENT ON SANI ABUBAKAR DANLADI'S PETITION AGAINST GOVERNOR DARIUS DICKSON ISHAKU OF PDP PENDING BEFORE THE TARABA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL SITTING IN APO HIGH COURT, ABUJA FCT.
1. 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 exercise before 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 a huge 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.
Sani, might receive ban for any political office for 10 years