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2023: Court Lifts Ban On Former Senator Abubakar Danladi To Contest Election



Senator Sani Abubakar Danladi was relieved Friday after a Federal High Court in Jalingo, Taraba State, overturned a prior court ruling barring him from running for political office.

On Friday, the Hon Justice Simon Amobeda overturned a Court judgment that had previously barred him from participating in election activities in the country.


Senator Danladi, a former Deputy Governor of Taraba State, was prohibited from contesting the 2019 Taraba State governorship on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in any future elections in Taraba State by a court judgement issued on March 6, 2019.

At the time of the ruling, the ex-lawmaker was the APC’s governorship candidate, but he was barred for lying about his age on INEC paperwork.

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The Court Judge established that the Court has inherent jurisdiction to set aside the prior judgment, citing relevant articles of the Constitution, adding that the plaintiff has supplied the appropriate documents that qualify him to participate in any elections.

In a case involving the Supreme Court vs. Dingyadi, INEC vs. Okoro Ugwuanyi, and Kogi State vs. INEC, Justice Amobeda stated that the previous judgment had been set aside.


Barr David Kashima, the plaintiff’s lawyer, said the ruling was a triumph for the rule of law, and that his client is free to participate in political activities in the country.


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