- The election of Bala Mohammed as governor of Bauchi state has been upheld by the Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal
- The tribunal chairman ruled that the petition brought against the PDP by the APC and its candidate lacked merit
- The judge subsequently ruled that the election of Bala Mohammed was valid
The election of Bala Mohammed as governor of Bauchi state has been upheld by the Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The petition’s dismissal was announced in a six-hour judgment delivered by the chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Salihi Shuiabu, on Monday, October 7, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the judge ruled that the petition brought against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar, lacks merit.
Statements on oath brought against the APC and Abubakar by 27 out of 33 witnesses had earlier been rejected by the tribunal.
According to the lead judge, the petitioners had failed to prove their petition beyond reasonable doubt.
He declared: “I hereby rule that the election of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) candidate , senator Bala Mohammed is valid.”
Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Bauchi state was set to deliver its judgement in the petition filed by former governor Mohammed Abubakar.
The former governor of the state and candidate of the APC was defeated by Bala Mohammed of the PDP in the 2019 election.
Abubakar filed a petition in April saying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should not have declared Mohammed as winner of the election.
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