Friday, 16 October 2015

Election Tribunal Upholds El-Rufai's Victory

Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Kaduna state on Thursday night, October 15 has reaffirmed the April 11 election victory of Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress

According to the chairman of the tribunal, Justice A. A. Adebara, in his over six-hour judgment, dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Polycarp Danladi, on the ground that it lacks merits and facts to establish non-compliance, Premium Times reports.

There was tension in the state as the judgment of the tribunal which was expected to commence around 9am did not commence until about 1:45pm and lasted till 7:09pm.

The petitioner had challenged the election that brought in el-Rufai as governor on the ground that his name was not captured in the form EC 8A stating that the election was marred with irregularities which included over-voting and the conduct of the election did not comply with electoral act.

Danladi had prayed the tribunal to cancel the election and ordered for a fresh one.

The governor’s lawyer, Omokayode Adebayo Dada, who spoke on the decision of the tribunal, said that if the APGA candidate is not satisfied with tribunal decision he can go to appeal court.

However, the counsel to Danladi, Olumuyiwa Olowookore, said that he will consult with his client on the way forward adding that there are still appealable issues that were not properly addressed by the tribunal.

“There is a lot of invalid things been done at the moment and INEC needs to get on top of these issues but they are definitely not on top of the issues.

“So for us, there are still issues that arise from this judgment but whether my client will appeal or not depends on the outcome of consultations.

“There are appealable issues but the decision of the appeal goes to the client. And when I say there are appealable issues, I am saying the judgment can be tested,” the petitioner lawyer stated.

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