The ruling by the state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Sokoto State has been rejected by the All Progressives Congress and its candidate Ahmed Aliyu.
Recall that Naija News had earlier reported that the Tribunal in the state affirmed the victory of Governor Aminu Tambuwal in the governorship election.
The petition of the opposition party and its governorship candidate was dismissed by three man tribunal for lacking in merit.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abbas Bawale, while delivering judgement stated that the petitioners had failed to establish their claims to non-compliance with the Electoral Act and the issue of over-voting.
Bawale also said the evidence of the petitioners’ witnesses especially witness number ten amounted to hearsay which could not prove any of the allegations.
The party while reacting to the ruling in a statement through the Sokoto Chairman, Alhaji Sadiq Isah Achida, on Thursday said, “In view of the unfair and unjustifiable ruling delivered by the Sokoto state Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 the party wishes to state categorically that it rejects the ruling.”
“Our lawyers are studying the details of the judgment, with a view to filing an appeal at the appropriate court of law.”
“Meanwhile, the APC wishes to call on its teeming members across the state to remain calm and peaceful, while the party explored all available legal means to reclaim its stolen mandate.”
“We wish to thank all our members and electorates in the state for their continued support and loyalty. We remain committed to defending your interest at all times.”