Tambuwal Wins APC, Aliyu at Tribunal

Tambuwal: Sokoto Residents Reacts To Supreme Court Judgement

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, in Sokoto State, on Wednesday in Abuja affirmed the election of Gov. Aminu Tambuwal.

The three man tribunal dismissed the petition of the APC and its governorship candidate, Ahmed Aliyu, for lacking in merit.

In delivering judgment, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abbas Bawale said the petitioners had failed to establish their claims of non compliance to the Electoral Act and the issue of over voting.

Bawale also said the evidences of the petitioners’ witnesses especially witness number ten amounted to hearsay which could not prove any of the allegations.

Reports that Aliyu had gone to the tribunal seeking to upturn the victory of Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 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 then conducted on March 23, which led to the victory of Tambuwal who won with a slim margin of 342 votes.

Dissatisfied with the outcome, Aliyu approached the tribunal challenging the return of Tambuwal as the governor-elect, on the grounds that the election was marred with irregularities.

Tambuwal and PDP had objected to the petition, which the tribunal unanimously dismissed, saying the petition disclosed substantial cause of action and was properly signed by the petitioners.

In addition, the tribunal equally ruled that the petitioners 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.

On the whole, Justice Abbas Bawale led tribunal held that the application lacks merit and constituted a waste of judicial time.

 

Tambuwal reacts to victory at Tribunal, sends message to APC, Aliyu

Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has dedicated his victory at the election petitions tribunal to the Almighty God and the people of the state.

He also extended an olive branch to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the 2019 governorship polls.

Addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters at the Government House, Sokoto, on Wednesday, the Governor said the people have every cause to celebrate this victory.

“We won in the first round of the election before it was declared inconclusive and the rerun was conducted and we won again.

“Then APC and its candidate decided to approach tribunal and we won at the tribunal again. We have every cause to celebrate this victory and to dedicate it to Almighty God and the people of Sokoto state,” he said.

The governor also called on the APC’s candidate, Ahmed Aliyu and members of the party to join hands with him to move the state forward.

“I hereby extend the hand of fellowship and an olive branch for them to work with us for the good people of Sokoto together because we have no other state but Sokoto state ” he stated.

Speaking earlier, the former Governor of the state, Alhaji Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa, called on the leader of the opposition APC in the state, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko to forget their differences and support Tambuwal to succeed.

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