Appeal Court upheld Tribunal Ruling sacking Taraba Senator

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From Tom Garba,Yola
A Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Yola on Tuesday upheld the Taraba Election Petition Tribunal ruling sacking Sen Bashir Marafa Abba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Senator representing Taraba Central Senatorial District.
In their respective judgements that lasted over two hours, the three judges, Justice Jummai Hanatu Sankey, Justice Duobele Abraham and Justice Maiwada agreed that the appeal lacked merit and was therefore dismissed.
They upheld the decision of the lower court sacking Marafa as senator representing Taraba central.
Recall that the lower tribunal had sacked Marafa for election malpractice and declared Yusuf of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the senatorial election.
Speaking after the judgement, the Taraba state chairman of APC, Alhaji Hassan Jika Ardo, expressed satisfaction over the verdict and lauded the judiciary for living up to expectation.
Ardo urged APC supporters in the state to continue to remain calm as the party continue in search of justice in the court over the snatching of its hard earned victories in the last general elections.

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