Taraba’s history has not fared differently too as it has had its share of electoral crisis ranging from thuggery, election malpractices, bloodshed among other forms of criminality.
It is unfortunate to note that, up till the last elections in 2015, aspiring leaders have not learnt that until the process of succession is made easy where opponents can concede to defeat, shake hands and sincerely smile a congratulatory smile at their opponents, we still have a long way to go.
Results for Taraba Election 2015
The 2015 Governorship election which produced Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State could probably be said to be the most embattled contest ever in the history of the State.
This can be said to be due to the fact that, it seemed Nigeria was about to produce the first female Governor from Taraba State, however this dream was not to be achieved as after series of battles, PDP’s Darius Ishaku won the April 11th election, won the supplementary April 25th elections, won in the Appeal court and finally won in the Supreme court.
PDP’s Darius Ishaku led the runner-up Aisha Al-Hassan of the APC. In figures, the PDP polled 317,198 votes, while the APC received 262,386.
At the end of collation of votes for the April 25th supplementary election in the state, Mrs. Aisha Al-Hassan of the APC got 13,599 votes to trail Darius Ishaku of the PDP, who garnered 53,120 votes.
When the votes earned by both candidates in both the April 11 and April 25 elections are added, Mr. Ishiaku’s cumulative ballots came to 360,318 to the APC’s candidate 275,985.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) then officially declared the PDP candidate, Darius Ishaku winner of the Taraba governorship election on Sunday, April 26.
Tribunal Ruling – On the 7th November, 2015, the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal for Taraba State nullified the election of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku based on irregularities in his election as PDP candidate, ruling his opponent, Aisha Alhassan of APC the winner of the election.
Appeal Court Ruling – The Court of Appeal in a unanimous judgment set aside the tribunal judgment and restored Gov. Darius Ishaku’s mandate thus dismissing APC’s petition in toto.
In dismissing APC’s petition, the Court of appeal relied on facts pleaded in the petition by the petitioners that Gov. Darius is a PDP member and was sponsored by PDP thus satisfying the constitutional threshold as enshrined in Section 177 (C) of the 1999 constitution.
The Court of Appeal also relied on a Supreme Court decision of Daniel Vs. INEC decided in 2015 and Sections 85 and 87 of the Electoral Act and accordingly held that Sen. Aisha and APC lack the legal standing or capacity to challenge the nomination and sponsorship of Gov. Darius by PDP since Aisha and APC are not members of PDP.
Supreme Court Verdict – The election of Taraba state governor, Darius Ishaku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was upheld by the Supreme Court. The appeal lodged by Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was unanimously dismissed by a seven-man panel of Justices of the Apex court.