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Tribunal okays petition challenging Gov Tambuwal’s election

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A petition filed by the Candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), in the last governorship election, Ahmed Aliyu, challenging the victory of Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal was on Wednesday declared valid by the Governorship Election Tribunal in the state.

The petition was challenging Tambuwal as the winner of the governorship election held in March 2019.

The tribunal, sitting at the Wuse Zone 2 Magistrate court after it was relocated from Sokoto State to Abuja for alleged security reasons, declared the petition as ‘proper in law.’

The tribunal dismissed an objection raised to dismiss the petition for lack of merit, equally ruled that the petitioners, Aliyu and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) duly paid the filling fees.

It further held that the non-joinder of the running mate to the petitioners is not enough to render the petition incompetent.

At the long run, Justice Abbas Bawale-led tribunal held that the application by the respondent lacks merit and constituted waste of judicial time.

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Aliyu who was deputy to Tambuwal had filed a petition before the Tribunal challenging the victory of the incumbent as well as INEC for declaring him a winner in the March 2019 state governorship election.

The governorship election which held on March 9 was declared inconclusive following cancellation of 75, 403 votes which were higher than the 3, 413 votes margin between the leading candidates.

The re-run was conducted on March 23, and Tambuwal won with a slim margin of 342 votes.

Unsatisfied with the outcome, Aliyu approached the tribunal challenging the return of Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect, on the grounds that the election was marred with irregularities.

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