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Taraba PDP guber tussle: We are heading to Supreme Court says Nyame support group.

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Taraba PDP guber tussle: We are heading to Supreme Court says Nyame support group.

The Jerome Nyameh’s support group for 2023 on Saturday said they have concluded plans to appeal the judgement of the Court of Appeal Yola which affirmed Agbu Kefas as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate at the Supreme Court.

This is contained in a press statement issued in Jalingo and signed by the Secretary of the support group, Mr Stephen Haruna.

The statement which said the three Justices of the Court of Appeal were divided in their decisions vowed to challenge the Appeal Court decission at the Supreme Court.

The statement read partly, “while Justice Obande Festus Ogbuinya and Justice Adebukunola Banjoko who were absent in the court wrote their majority judgement in favour of Kefas, Justice Saidu Tanko Husaini who presided over the ruling wrote a minority judgement in favour of our principal.

“Justice Saidu Tanko Husaini in his minority opinion judgement held that PDP and Kefas clearly violated the Constitution and guidelines of PDP for the primary election which the law permits the Court to intervene.

“The PDP must abide by its Constitution and guidelines for Primary Election. Primary Election is a process which starts from buying form, participating in screening before election is conducted.

“From the evidence before the Court, Kefas did not purchase form and did not participate in screening within the time other aspirants where allowed to do so.

“That the failure of Kefas or PDP to tender any letter to  show that, time was extended or a waiver was given to him to buy form and was screened as a special candidate is fatal, therefore it has rendered his purported clearance certificate an invalid document.

“The purported list of aspirants containing the name of Kefas was not duly signed by any PDP official, and by provision of the law, an unsigned document is invalid, worthless and inadmissible in law,” the statement read.

The statement further quoted the minority judgement read by Justice Saidu Tanko Husaini as ordering a fresh primaries to be conducted within 14 days from the day of the judgment excluding Kefas who is not qualified.

According to the statement, the learned team of counsels are making all the necessary arrangements to strongly contend the appeal to Supreme Court on the grounds that the judgement of Justice Saidu Tanko Husaini is better than the judgment of the two justices absent and thus, the appeal ought to be in favour of Jerome Nyameh.

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