Kaduna Election Tribunal Delivers Judgment On Six Petitions

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The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Kaduna, on Saturday, said it had delivered judgments on six out of the 14 petitions before it.

Hafsat Suleiman, Secretary to the Tribunal, disclosed this after it dismissed a petition brought before it by Benjamin Faing for lack of merit.

The petitions are challenging various decisions by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in the February 23 and March 9 elections in the state.

Suleiman said the tribunal has concluded three petitions challenging INEC’s decision on two senatorial elections petitions against the election of senator Uba Sani of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

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According to her, the tribunal has also concluded the petition filed against the return of senator Danjuma La’ah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the Kaduna South senatorial district poll.

The petition against La’ah was brought by Barnabas Bala Bantex, the former deputy governor of the state and candidate of the APC.

She said that the tribunal had equally concluded the petition filed by Ishaya Sarki Habu of the APC, challenging the election of Garba Shehu Nicolas of the PDP in the Sanga/Jema’a Federal Constituency.

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Suleiman said further that the tribunal had delivered judgment on the petition filed by Aso Nehemiah Sunday of the APC, challenging the return of Gwani Gideon Lucas of the PDP for the Kaura Federal Constituency seat.

She said that the judgment for Jaba State Constituency brought to six, petitions so far concluded, while judgments on eight petitions comprising one Federal Constituency and seven House of Assembly petitions were still pending.

Faing, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), had filed a petition challenging INEC’s declaration of Monday Diko of the PDP as winner of the March 9 State House of Assembly election for Jaba Constituency.

He alleged that the winner did not score majority valid votes in the March 9 poll.

He urged the Justice Adamu Suleiman-led tribunal to declare him and his party, APC, winner of the poll.

However, the tribunal, in its ruling, said the petitioner and his party did not provide convincing evidence for it to overturn the declaration of the PDP candidate as winner by INEC.

The tribunal dismissed the petition for lacking in merit, upholding INEC’s declaration and Diko as duly elected member representing Jaba Constituency in the House of Assembly.

It thereafter adjourned sitting till September 3.

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