The Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has described as valid, the petition challenging the victory of Governor Aminu Tambuwal.
But in the end, the tribunal upheld the election of Governor Tambuwal.
Governor Tambuwal, candidate of the PDP’s victory at the polls, was challenged by Ahmed Aliyu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), his estranged deputy.
The three-man panel dismissed Aliyu’s petition on the grounds that the documentary evidence presented were not sufficient to void Tambuwal’s election.
In its preliminary ruling to objections raised by the PDP and Tambuwal about the competence of APC and Aliyu’s petitions, the tribunal, led by Justice Abbas’s Bawale, said the petition filed by the APC was proper, hence a unanimous dismissal of Tambuwal’s objection.
The tribunal also ruled that the APC had duly paid the filing fees as provided by the law.
Against the objection of the PDP, the tribunal said the petition was properly signed by the petitioners and it disclosed substantial cause of action.
It also ruled that the non-joinder of the deputy in the petition is not enough substantial reason to dismiss it.
Aliyu had approached the tribunal as he sought for the upturning of Tambuwal’s victory. 75,403 votes were cancelled in the elections, a figure higher than the 3,413 votes between the leading candidates.
This led INEC to declare the election inconclusive, with a rerun held on the 23rd of March. Tambuwal won the rerun by a margin of just 342 votes.
Displeased with the outcome, Aliyu approached the tribunal and challenged the governor’s victory, citing electoral electoral irregularities.