Political Tensions Rise in Taraba Ahead of Election Tribunal Verdict
Tensions are mounting in Taraba State, Nigeria, as the governorship election petition tribunal in the state capital, Jalingo, gets set to deliver its verdict.
The tribunal is scheduled to rule on the petition filed by the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and its gubernatorial candidate in the 2023 general election, Professor Sani Yahaya, against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Agbu Kefas on September 30.
Allegations of Election Malpractice
The NNPP and Professor Yahaya have accused the PDP and Governor Kefas of election malpractice. They have urged the tribunal to nullify the entire election and call for a new governorship election in the state.
The date for the judgement comes approximately two weeks after both parties submitted their final written arguments to the tribunal, presided by Justice G.A. Sunmonu.
Members from both political parties have aired their anxiety ahead of the tribunal’s judgement. A spokesperson for the PDP, Andeta’rang Irammae, acknowledged the nervousness within their ranks due to the current justice dispensation trends in Nigeria but expressed hope.
On the other side, some NNPP members have also confirmed that there is a sense of unease within their party.
Election Disputes and Political Tensions in Nigeria
This case is indicative of the heightened political tensions and disputes that often surround electoral processes in Nigeria. It underlines the importance of fairness, transparency, and integrity in the electoral process.
The outcome of this tribunal ruling could have significant implications for the political landscape in Taraba State and potentially influence the conduct of future elections in Nigeria.
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