Tribunal upheld Gov Sule’s victory, dismisses PDP Ombugadu petition

September 21st, 2019

From Francis Nansak, Lafia

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia has struck out the petition filed by David Ombugadu, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the victory of Governor Abdullahi Sule at the March 9, 2019 elections.

The Authority report that governor Sule was the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) and won with over 280.000 votes to defeat his contender David Ombugadu in the election.

Justice Abba Mohammed, Chairman of the Tribunal, dismissed the petition on Saturday in Lafia,in a unanimous judgement that lasted for more than Eight hours, said that the PDP petition was lacked merit.

According to him, the petitioner has failed to prove the allegation of over voting, non voting and non compliance with the electoral act.

He held that the petitioner had also failed to prove how collation were disrupted, illegal cancellation and falsification of results.

He, therefore, said that the burden of prove lay with the petitioner and he has failed to prove the allegations.

He added that the petitioner has failed to produce two sets of results (original and fake) to prove that the outcome was falsified in favour of APC candidate.

“Hence he failed to prove that, we therefore, uphold the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).” the Chairman added.

Ombugadu, is challenging the election on account of alleged unlawful declaration of Engineer Sule, as winner of the poll.

The PDP candidate had also claimed that the polls did not comply with provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.

He had also alleged intimidation of voters, unlawful cancellation of votes and malpractice during the election.

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