By Abdullahi Salisu
They came in several vehicles dressed in full battle gear. Sophisticated guns and bulletproof vests complemented their smartly ironed green-on-green police uniforms.
Their destination was the Abuja private residence of Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, executive governor of Taraba State. And their brief was to obtain some incriminating evidence, no matter how little, against the governor for the purpose of framing him up as a gun runner.
All entreaties by their fellow police men on guard at the entrance to the house to tarry awhile for the keys to the apartments to be brought so that entry into the building would be easier and less destructive fell on the deaf ears.
They opted for the use of force, using heavy iron equipment they had brought with them. By the time they were through with their evil mission, the building had become a shadow of its former self.
Doors and windows were smashed, beds and tables were broken, air conditioners and refrigerators damaged while the ceilings were pulled down, all in their desperation to get “something” to take back to their masters for the purpose of nailing the governor and members of his family.
They found no such thing. It was, indeed a failed mission. I’m told that up till now, that is, over three weeks after the incident, the police high command and their masters are still leaking the wounds of failure of this outrageously embarrassing assault on Governor Ishaku’s privacy and his constitutionally guaranteed immunity as a sitting governor of a state in Nigeria.
The police authorities, according to reliable information, are so disappointed and embarrassed by the scandal that the failure of the invasion of the Governor’s privacy turned out to be for them. It was for this reason that they have been unable to issue a public statement to explain it. Truth is that they have no convincing explanation for this primitive act which has gone into the nation’s history books as one of the most arbitrary and obnoxious violation against the person and office of a state governor.
But information available to this writer is that the invasion was a premeditated action intended at “punishing” the Governor for his courage in defending his people against the incessant attacks and killings in the state by the Fulani militia men.
The police high command was said to have organized the invasion on the basis of spurious allegations that the Governor had a large collection of arms and ammunition and huge amount of money in the house.
The plan was that the items would be recovered and the news of the recoveries trumpeted even beyond the nation’s borders in order to humiliate the governor and project him as unworthy of his people’s respect and support. That was the architecture of the plot that eventually failed.
Surprisingly, the nation’s usually very active human rights clan has failed to raise a voice against this unlawful invasion of the privacy of a sitting governor. The press, too, has been curiously silent. We have seen no editorial comments condemning this outrageous act of humiliation of a very senior public servant – a sitting governor of a state who enjoys immunity under the constitution of the country.
So far only the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Governor Ishaku’s political platform and his colleagues in the PDP Governors Forum have condemned the invasion and demanded explanation. Yet, the police have offered none. They have just reluctantly ordered a probe which is being handled in a manner that will produce no useful results. They only intend to use it to exonerate themselves.
The police should show remorse. Governor Ishaku and his family deserve public apology. The police should organize a press conference to be addressed by the Inspector General of Police to publicly accept responsibility for the illegal invasion of the Governor’s house, give full explanation on their motive and exonerate the Governor and his family.
He should also publicly give an undertaking to guarantee the safety and life of the governor, that of members of his immediate family and his close aides.
This invasion by the police is a very serious matter, especial if taken alongside some other unsavoury developments that happened earlier and related to the Governor.
Shortly after Ishaku’s re-election for a second term, there was a threat to kill him. The threat was linked to a certain group that was also linked to the political opposition in Taraba State.
Then came the wicked rumours of the Governor’s supposed death, also packaged and orchestrated by people connected to the political opposition in the state. All of these point in the direction of an invidious agenda against Governor Ishaku that ought to be a subject of police probe.
Unfortunately, the police that are supposed to investigate these dangerous developments around the Governor are part of this intricate web of controversy and conspiracy. The invasion is a big evidence against their neutrality.
The public and the press must rise and ask the critical questions on this issue. Why is Governor Ishaku being targeted for humiliation, even elimination? What really is the offence of this man? Is it wrong of him to have opted to serve his people diligently?
I know he had always asked security agencies to show more commitment and become less bias in their handling of security issues in Taraba State. That was not too much of the chief security officer of the state to ask for. He never failed to express appreciation for the much that security agencies were always able to do towards the maintenance of law and order.
And he is on record as one of the governors in Nigeria who did the most to facilitate the job of the security agencies. Certainly, Governor Ishaku deserves better treatment from the police and other security agencies. Anything less will amount to an unfair treatment for the Governor.
THE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA HAS DISMISSED THE APPEAL FILED BEFORE IT BY THE APC GOVERNORSHIP CANDIDATE IN THE MARCH 9TH, 2019 TARABA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION CHALLENGING HIS DISQUALIFICATION BY THE FEDERAL HIGH COURT, JALINGO.
A five man Panel of the Supreme Court of Nigeria sitting in Abuja today the 5th day of July, 2019 and composed of The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria Tanko Mohammed JSC, Mary Peter Odili JSC, Olukayode Ariwoola JSC, Paul Galumje JSC and Uwani Abbaji JSC have dismissed the Appeal filed by Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi the purported APC Governorship candidate in the 2019 Taraba state Governorship election which challenges his disqualification by the Federal High Court, Jalingo.
The Supreme Court dismissed the Appeal for being incompetent and failing to meet the requirements of the law.
Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi was disqualified from contesting the 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state on the 6th day of March,2019 by the Federal High Court, Jalingo presided over by Honorable Justice Stephen Dalyop Pam.
However, on the 7th day of March, 2019 the Court of Appeal sitting in Yola and composed of Chidi Nwaoma Uwa JCA (Presiding), James Shehu Abiriyi JCA and Abdullahi Mahmud Bayero JCA granted an interim stay of status quo in favour of Sani Abubakar Danladi which enabled him to stand for the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state. The Court of Appeal sitting in Yola subsequently and still composed of the above mentioned Justices later heard the Appeal of Sani Abubakar Danladi on the merit and struck out the Appeal for being incompetent on the 3rd day of may, 2019.
Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi further Appealed to the Supreme Court against the judgement of the Court of Appeal which Appeal the Supreme Court have struck out/dismissed today for being incompetent and failing to meet the requirements of the law.
EFFECT AND IMPLICATION OF TODAY’S SUPREME COURT JUDGEMENT AGAINST ALHAJI SANI ABUBAKAR DANLADI.
1. The judgement of the Supreme Court against the Appeal of Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi today the 5th day of July, 2019 means that the Judgement of the Federal High Court, Jalingo which disqualified Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi from contesting the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state still subsist and has full effect because as it stands now; the Federal High Court judgement have not been altered nor set aside by the Supreme Court which is the highest court in Nigeria.
a. As it stands today, it is deemed by the law that APC had no candidate in the March 9th Governorship election held in Taraba state.
b. Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi (Sani Contact) was not the candidate of APC in the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state.
c. Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi never contested the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state against Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku; and Sani was not recognized by APC as their candidate. He is neither recognised by INEC as a candidate for APC during the election.
d. Every vote cast (Score) for Sani Abubakar Danladi and APC in the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state was a colossal was and amounted to nothing.
EFFECT OF THE JUDGEMENT ON SANI ABUBAKAR DANLADI’S PETITION AGAINST GOVERNOR DARIUS DICKSON ISHAKU OF PDP PENDING BEFORE THE TARABA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL SITTING IN APO HIGH COURT, ABUJA FCT.
1. The Petition of Sani Abubakar Danladi and APC against Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of PDP pending before the Taraba state Governorship election Petition Tribunal sitting in Apo High Court, Abuja FCT is now rendered incompetent and amounts to a mere academic exercise before the law.
The reason why the Petition is incompetent is because by virtue of the Federal High Court judgement that disqualified Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi from contesting the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi was never a candidate of APC nor any other political party in the said election; and since “ONLY A CANDIDATE THAT CONTESTED AN ELECTION UNDER THE PLATFORM OF A POLITICAL PARTY HAS THE RIGHT UNDER THE NIGERIAN LAW TO FILE A ELECTION PETITION AGAINST ANOTHER CANDIDATE OR POLITICAL PARTY” Sani Abubakar Danladi by reason of his disqualification by the Federal High Court, Jalingo is deemed by the law as having not contested as a candidate in the said Governorship election; and Sani’s party APC is also deemed by the law as not having/sponsoring a candidate in the said election; therefore, Sani Abubakar Danladi and APC do not have the right nor Locus Standi to file election Petition against Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and PDP in an election that Sani and APC did not participate in.
Sani’s election Petition at the Tribunal is now a huge waste of time, energy and resources.
The Petition is now at the mercy of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku and PDP because any moment Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku makes an application to the Tribunal seeking the dismissal of the Petition for being incompetent and vexatious; the Tribunal SHALL grant the application and dismiss Sani’s Petition because Sani and APC are not qualified to sue the Governor and PDP at the Tribunal since Sani and APC never participated in the March 9th, 2019 Governorship election in Taraba state.
EFFECT OF THE JUDGEMENT ON ALHAJI SANI ABUBAKAR DANLADI’S POLITICAL CAREER AND FUTURE.
Sani Abubakar Danladi destroyed himself and committed political suicide by presenting a questionable WAEC certificate to INEC and lying on oath in his form CF001 before the 2019 election about his age.
By virtue of the judgement, Sani Abubakar Danladi is finished politically and morally. Sani now stands a chance to be sent to prison should the appropriate and relevant investigative and prosecutory institutions in Taraba state receive his documents in their table. Lying on oath in INEC form CF001 and using a WAEC certificate that does not belong to him to obtain political benefit are both criminal. The Muhammadu Buhari administration frowns at corruption and crime. Professor Sani Yahaya of APC in his sworn affidavit before the Federal High Court, Jalingo provided all the needed clues and evidence for relevant authorities to investigate, prosecute and jail Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi (A.K.A. Sani Contact to Contact). This is time to contact the prison.
The Taraba state government is also under a heavy moral and legal obligation to do the needful by raising a GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER recognising the judgement and thereafter Gazette/Publish same in the official Gazette of the state; and this shall imply that Sani Abubakar Danladi shall not be qualified to contest for; nor hold any political office from the date of the Gazette to a period of ten years. Taraba state government do not have a choice in this regard except to Gazette the judgement else the government will be accused of aiding and abetting crime.
The story of Sani Abubakar Danladi Alias Contact to Contact just began.