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Mama Taraba triumphs! Aisha Alhassan declared as Governor of Taraba by Tribunal

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Aisha AlhasaanThe Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja today decided that Hajia Aisha Alhassan, the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate of the April 11 gubernatorial polls in the state was the rightful winner of the election.

The Tribunal in its judgement directed that Alhassan be sworn in as the governor of the Taraba state.

She is the first elected female governor in Nigerian history.

25 Comments

  1. Hauwa

    November 7, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Oh no ?.
    Appeal asap!

  2. baby geh sipping tea

    November 7, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Very interesting development…. why was the tribunal moved to Abuja as with Rivers and Akwa ibom? why did the judgment leak, APC handles o twitter and Facebook declared the judgment at least 3 hours before the tribunal actually sat to deliver the judgment…….
    Mrs AlHassan isn’t the first elected female governor, at least not until she is sworn in which would be after the appellate courts have had their say on this matter.

    I find it curious that the tribunal declared her winner, speaking from a legal point of view, there’s is something fishy going on here. The fist thing you learn in a civil procedure class in law school is that a court/tribunal cannot grant reliefs not expressly requested – in lay man’s terms, the court is not a “Father Christmas” and cannot give you what you didn’t ask for neither can it give you more than you asked for. The APC and its candidate asked for the election to be nullified and not to be declared winner. so why did the tribunal grant a relief not requested.

    The tribunal”s reason for declaring Alhassan winner was premised on the fact that the PDP primaries that saw Ishaku emerge as candidate was faulty. Its judgment is even more surprising in light of the fact that the Electoral Act is very clear that where a tribunal finds that a winner was not in fact qualified to contest, it is supposed to ORDER FRESH ELECTIONS not declare the opposing candidate winner (see section 140(2) Electoral Act 2010)

    If our judiciary has any independence left, the judgement of this tribunal will not hold on appeal. The best that can be done is to order fresh elections, that is if the supreme court departs from the precedent set in AMAECHI v INEC (2007) which suggests that victory belongs to a party and not the candidate.

    AS to the character of the APC candidate, it only confirms that the party isn’t serious about fighting corruption. Aisha Alhassan’s corruption as former chief registrar of the Abuja high court is legendary. its only in Nigeria that a career civil servant can steal and flaunt wealth, own choice properties that do not tally with their income and get away with it. Young ladies seeking a role model, Mrs Alhassan isn’t one exactly, search for other women who have genuinely worked hard to stay at the top in Nigeria.

    P.S T.Y Danjuma, Baba over to you…….the next move is on you…..

    • Celeste

      November 7, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      So on point @ baby geh. I’m very surprised the judgment already leaked online before it was pronounced, just like the presidential election result that was everywhere before Jega announced. What APC is doing Nigeria is the more you look, the less you see – they want all and everything, and its very unhealthy for our democracy. Gosh! we’re back to the military dark years.

    • Happyhilly

      November 8, 2015 at 2:27 am

      This BN story is incorrect. The tribunal did not declare the APC candidate the winner of the election. It only declared the votes cast for the governor as ‘wasted’. I think the next step is for the governor to appeal, after which INEC would conduct a fresh poll if he loses at the Appeal and likely Supreme courts.

    • Iphee

      November 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Your logic is flawless!!!!…

  3. Ada

    November 7, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Congratulations Madam, now show them how well a woman can hold the position of Governor. You na the forerunner of all future female Governors, biko nail it well!

  4. Engoz

    November 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    A giant step for Nigeria and coming from the North, the South has no excuse.

    • Tosin

      November 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      the start of sum’n

  5. lola

    November 7, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Congrats Madam Aisha,General Danjuma will be in a sad mood now. Owo Election jona!

  6. FasholasLover

    November 7, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Hmn, this change eeh! How come the tribunals are only able to turn over the elections in ONLY PDP controlled states??? Yanga dey sleep, whahala go wake am. This is how it starts.

  7. fleur

    November 7, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I saw this and was proud for what this could mean for northern women and all women in Nigeria at that. but I have a sickening feeling that I will tune back in after 4 years and it will look like nothing this significant happened. change has a way of being superficial in Nigeria, no matter the triggers. All words and no action.

  8. SueZannah

    November 7, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Why does apc want to govern all the states for fack sakes? Anyone who knows Taraba well or paid attention to the last election will tell you that this woman didn’t have majority votes. Haba! I am disappointed with apc to say the least. They are So fraudulent and corrupt! Bunch of ex pdp con men masquerading as agents of change.They don’t even want to give room for a healthy competition. They must sha be in the ruling majority. Mstchwwww

    • NaijaLikita

      November 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Actually, that’s not true. She was the popular choice in the state. The problem as that T.Y Danjuma and his cohorts said they didn’t want a Muslim and a woman to become governor of the state. If you were on ground and paid close attention, she was up until the last minute. It was almost certain she was going to win. Then the last numbers came in and she lost. I don’t know about other states, but this was a clear case of election rigging for those of us who keenly watched this particular state’s elections

    • Celeste

      November 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

      But the tribunal didn’t say the election was rigged, it said PDP didn’t hold the primaries in Taraba state, so votes for the PDP were wasted votes.

      What I find hypocritical here is that a tribunal that couldn’t sit in Taraba, but sat in Abuja for security reason overturned the victory of a party that had their primaries in the same Abuja. What a flimsy excuse!

  9. somebody

    November 7, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    LOL, PDP NTOI……….. BIG EYE BLOW……. LMAFAO, PDP CAUSED IT, IF APC LIKE LET THEM CARRY ALL THE STATES ON THEIR HEAD, PDP FAILED NIGERIA, NOT LIKE APC IS BETTER ANYWAY.. BUT THINGS HAPPEN. THE TIME THAT PDP WOULD USE TO ADJUST THEY THROW THE OPPORTUNITY AWAY… EVEN DURING THE ELECTION THEY COULDN’T SELL THEMSELVES WELL ALL THEY DID WAS INSULT BUHARI WHILE APC MARKETED THEMSELVES TO THE WORLD AND EVEN GOT SPONSORS IN AMERICA…. PDP WERE OVER CONFIDENT, NOW SEE WHERE IT BROUGHT THEM. I WANT THIS TO TEACH PDP A LESSON, YOU HAVE TO BE VERY SMART TO PLAY POLITICS IT IS NOT BY AGE OR EXPERIENCE BUT HOW SMART YOU ARE, YOU MIGHT HAVE ALL THE MONEY AND STILL LOSE… PDP GET BACK TO YOUR DRAWING BOOK IF YOU EVER WANT TO RULE AGAIN, APC IS COMING TO GET ALL THE STATES, I DON’T BLAME THEM, ANY PARTY WOULD DO THE SAME TOO.

    • nene+

      November 7, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      And your point is??????

      What do you call smartness? Tinubus losses? Go to the NASS and see mature politics as PDP determine who rules them? May be you should interview Ahmed Lawan and Gbajabiamila on what PDP did to their career and intentions this 8th house. Even if they remove Saraki APC won’t have their way with Lawan!

      That said, this tribunal is a mockery of democracy.

      Didn’t know some sai babarias still cheered this macabre dance!
      What do you expect from body odour intoxicated tribunal? We shall hear more in the days ahead after all this is not a banana republic. Reason for removing Darius is purely laughable!
      Only eternal APC midgets comes here to defend this mockery! I expect reasonable APC believers to watch and wait not hurl congratulatory message to Jamai yet.

  10. Bowl

    November 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I think we in. For some good time. Lawless country !

  11. deedee

    November 7, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Congrats Mama Taraba, justice has prevailed at last, haters can sha take a breezy ride in hell!!!!

  12. Zandyzay

    November 7, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    All I see… rings n all!!! Doz fingers doh

  13. Missy J

    November 7, 2015 at 10:30 pm

    I don’t understand why PDP apologists are just mad. When Fayemi took Fayose to court over Ekiti Gov.election and the court ruled in favour of Fayose, you all didn’t see it as PDP trying to take over all the states right?
    When PDP was in power how many states were governed by the opposition parties?
    APC felt the need to challenge the results legally in court and which they did or you rather the muscle PDP out of office like that? This is no dictatorial regime biko.

    • Celeste

      November 8, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Errm… your point exactly is? Was it not when PDP was in power that opposition political parties like ACN, APGA, Labour party had victories at the tribunal? The case is different now, with tribunals serving APC interest sitting in Abuja instead of the affected state eg. Rivers, Taraba, Akwa Ibom. They may sit in Abuja for Gombe too, as the only state yet unclaimed by the APC in the north.
      Abia state tribunal sat in Umuahia, with judgement in favour of the PDP against the APGA. APC didn’t have the 2nd highest votes, if they did, I say boldly that the tribunal would sit in Abuja and pronounce APC winner.
      Please only those who deliberately want to remain blind would continue to defend the fraud APC is doing. No be only change, na one chance.

  14. Ummi

    November 8, 2015 at 7:13 am

    Everyone knows Mama Taraba was the rightful winner of that election! (according to collation from all the polling units in the state) TY Danjuma thought he could use his money to do some abracadabra but the truth prevailed!

  15. jayboogie

    November 8, 2015 at 8:22 am

    so proud it is a woman , i will be the next female president … that aside, this woman go use all the state money for Taraba buy Gold and diamond rings finish ooo . ( jokes) congrats ma’am , please do not Deziany the state , rule like a mother to all.

  16. whatwillbewillbe

    November 8, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    baby geh always making sense. I must say I love the way you project your points logically and factually.
    Me I nor get anything to talk for all these tribunal matter sh, na siddon look I dey.

  17. askep=son FIKYU nyikun

    November 9, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    wat I knw abt dis tribunal rules here in taraba is the religious issue which buhari wan to overtake all the country and registered as Islamics country because iasha did not won election in the state Even reruns election. another things is dat ,sense she know that ddi is not the rightful candidate of p d p why she even stand whit him in rerun election? pls let the appeal court look in this issue if not life and property will lost because this judgment is the breach of true.it is ddi we known in taraba as real Governor that is announced by inec during 2015 April election.

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