Taraba LG Polls: PDP Wins all Cases at Tribunal


The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has won all local government elections cases at the appeal tribunal, proving yet again that it is the dominant party in the state.

Speaking on the victory, John Okezie, who led the party to victory at the tribunals, said the verdicts showed that democracy is still the best system of government.

He said the victory did not come as a surprise as the appellants had no concrete case.
He said: “In dismissing their cases, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Joel Agya, said they lack merit and are incompetent.”

The cases involved 4 local governments chairmanship and 12 councillorship.
In a related development, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Taraba State, Hon. Victor Bala Kona, has said the APC was dead in the state.

He was reacting to the recent victory of the PDP at the Supreme Court.
He said that opposition is in disarray and does not have a place in the state politics.
He mocked those with federal appointments, noting that they are merely seeking relevance.

He said: “Even you as a journalist knows that we can’t have opposition in this state. They are dead. Those who are there are gasping for breath. I said it before and I’m repeating it, APC is dead and there is no vacancy in Government House. I challenge you to show me who can upstage us. The governor is now one of the most popular politician in Nigeria. In Taraba, he is the most popular politician ever now because of his populist stance.”

Okezie gave insights into the PDP victory at the appeal tribunal.
He noted that the tribunal was inaugurated on June 1, 2017. It held its inaugural sitting on the June 20, 2017. By May 19, 2017, all its ruling had been delivered.
Members of the appeal tribunal included Justice Joel Agya of the High Court of Justice who served as Chairman, Justice Nuhu Adi, Justice Alfred Yakubu, Justice Musa Babajo and Mike Tyonongo.