Supreme Court to Render Verdict on Sokoto Governorship Election This Monday

Supreme Court to Render Verdict on Sokoto Governorship Election This Monday

Sokoto Governorship Election

The Abuja Court of Appeal is set to announce its judgment on Monday regarding the appeal lodged against the ruling of the state election petitions tribunal that upheld Governor Ahmed Aliyu’s victory in Sokoto State. The March 18 governorship election saw Sai’du Umar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, disputing Aliyu’s election, citing irregularities and other grievances.

In a notice of judgment disclosed by Muhammad Lema, the Special Assistant on Media to the PDP candidate, the Court of Appeal Headquarters in Abuja Division will announce its decision on APPEAL NO, CA/S/EP/GOV/SK/30/2023: SAIDU UMAR & ANR VS. ALIYU AHMED SOKOTO & 3. ORS on Monday, November 27, 2023, at 3:00 pm.

The three-man Election’s Petitions Tribunal, led by Justice Haruna Msheila, had earlier dismissed the PDP’s petition on September 30. The tribunal, in a unanimous decision, concluded that the petitioners failed to substantiate the six grounds outlined in their petition, which included allegations of Aliyu’s ineligibility, certificate falsification, name variation, election fraud, and noncompliance with electoral guidelines. The tribunal emphasized the necessity for proof beyond a reasonable doubt, noting that 70 percent of the exhibits were unrelated as they pertained to State Assembly elections held concurrently.

Supreme Court to Render Verdict on Sokoto Governorship Election This Monday

Justice Haruna Msheila clarified that to establish forgery, the presentation of two distinct documents was imperative, and the name variation issues had been resolved by Supreme Court provisions. Additionally, three witnesses were deemed untenable as they were not the creators of the documents in question, and the 28 polling unit agents who testified could not adequately identify themselves or their roles.

The tribunal instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce the documents sought by the plaintiffs within 48 hours to facilitate a seamless proceeding. The case was adjourned to November 29 for INEC to submit a compliance report and for the continuation of the hearing.

Meanwhile, in another election dispute, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and its candidate Ajaka are contesting the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Usman Ododo, in the November 11 election. INEC declared Ododo the winner with 446,237 votes, while Yakubu-Ajaka secured second place with 259,052 votes.


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