The Taraba State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that it is still confident of reclaiming its governorship mandate from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governorship election petition tribunal on November 7, 2015 declared Senator Aisha Alhassan of the APC as the duly elected governor of the state on the basis that the PDP did not conduct primaries.
The tribunal held that following the development, all votes secured by the governor were considered wasted and therefore, the runner-up, which was the APC, should be declared winner and its candidate issued a certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
However, the PDP candidate and incumbent Governor, Darius Ishaku, challenged the tribunal’s verdict at the Appeal Court, which on December 31, 2015 quashed that ruling and upheld his election on April 11, 2015 as governor of the state.
The APC candidate is currently at the Supreme Court seeking an affirmation of the tribunal’s judgment declaring her governor-elect.
Speaking to newsmen in Jalingo, the state capital on Saturday, the Taraba APC Chairman, Hassan Jika, said that although the party lost at the Appeal Court, they were very hopeful of victory at the Supreme Court.
Jika promised that the party would not rest until it reclaims the mandate he maintained, was given to Senator Aisha Alhassan, who is current Minister of Women Affairs, by people of the state.
He described the Appeal Court ruling as just a minor set-back.
“We believe in the rule of law. The issue is all about the law and we are still confident that we will be given back our mandate to serve the people of Taraba State. Our candidate has faith in the ability of the courts to do justice, and you know our party, the APC, always respects the law no matter the situation”, he said.
Jika maintained that the leadership as well as all members of the APC in Taraba State were solidly behind Senator Alhassan and that they would continue to seek justice.
The Taraba APC chair further called on the people of Taraba State and all party supporters to remain peaceful and avoid anything that may breach peace anywhere in the state.