The Bauchi state governorship election petitions tribunal has picked Monday, October 7, for ruling in the petition put forward by the All progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Muhammed Abdullahi Abubakar.
Daily Trust reports that the party’s candidate is praying the court to rule that he is the winner of the March 9 gubernatorial election in the state, an election which was finalised in a supplementary exercise held on March 23.
The petitioner is also asking the tribunal to cancel election results in 336 polling units covering three local governments of Bauchi, Tafawa Balewa, and Bogoro.
Justice Salihu Shuaibu announced the new date when he had listened to the submissions of the parties involved in the petition.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that fifty members of the Bauchi Lawyers of Conscience, announced their decision to defend the winner of the governorship election in Bauchi state.
The decision of the lawyers to defend the governor-elect reportedly followed the alleged resolution of Abubakar to challenge the victory at the tribunal.
The lawyers said the move by the sitting governor to challenge the victory of Mohammed after conceding defeat and even congratulating the winner, shows a level of insincerity.
“Having initially conceded and congratulated Kauran Bauchi, knowing fully well that, that is the wish of the people, Mr Abubakar should have sticked to his words.
“In fact, we welcome the development as it will afford us yet another opportunity to use our God-given skills to defend the people’s mandate as given to the governor-elect, Kauran Bauchi," the group said.
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