The Sokoto Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has scheduled September 30, 2023, to deliver the judgment in the case challenging the election of Governor Ahmed Aliyu.
This decision comes after the tribunal reserved judgment in August on the petition filed by Sa’idu Umar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Aliyu and his deputy, Idris Gobir.
Justice Haruna Mshelia, the tribunal’s chairman, reserved judgment after both parties had the opportunity to present their final written addresses and announced that the judgement date would be communicated to the parties in September.
The petition brought by Sa’idu Umar contests the election of Aliyu, who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Umar alleges that Aliyu did not meet the qualification criteria and accuses the election of being tainted by electoral fraud during the March 18 governorship election.
A notice from the Secretary of the Election Petitions Tribunal, Sunday Martins, confirmed that the judgement in the case marked EPT/SK/GOV/01/2023 will be delivered on Saturday at 9 a.m.
It read, “Take notice that Petition No. EPT/SK/GOV/01/2023 will be coming up on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. for judgement.
“Counsel are advised to inform their clients that supporters would not be allowed into the court premises as movement would be highly restricted by the security agencies.”