A Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has overturned the disqualification of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi.
On Wednesday, a Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, had disqualified Danladi from participating in Saturday’s election.
The court, presided over by Justice Steven Pam, had based its decision on allegations of false declaration of age by Danladi in the documents provided to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a suit N0. FHC/JAL/CS/1/2019 and filed on 9th day of January, 2019, the plaintiff (Mr. Usman Udi) and three others sought the order of the court to stop Abubakar Sani Danladi from contesting the election on the ground of false declaration of age.
In his judgment, Justice Pam ruled that there were discrepancies in the age declaration of the 1st Defendant (Abubakar Sani Danladi).
The judge noted that the information contained in the affidavit of the 1st defendant’s personal particulars that he was born on 14th February, 1968 was in conflict with his date of birth contained in the West African Senior School Certificate submitted by him to the 3rd defendant, the Independent National Electoral Commission which indicates that he was born on 3rd April, 1977. He therefore disqualified him from contesting in the election.
However, on Thursday, the Abuja Court of Appeal overturned the ruling.