- Thirty political parties in Sokoto reject the tribunal ruling affirming the victory of Aminu Tambuwal as governor
- Alhaji Mujitaba Aminu, chairman of the coalition of the political parties, claims the ruling leaked before the tribunal gave it
- Aminu argues that the ruling now encourages politicians to win elections by all means possible
The ruling of the election tribunal which affirmed the victory of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto in the last poll has not gone down well with 30 political parties in the state.
The parties said the tribunal's ruling is not only painful but against the moral and legal tenets adding that hours before the election court sat for its decision to favour the governor, the ruling was already public knowledge.
Alhaji Mujitaba Aminu, chairman of the coalition of the political parties, said in a statement that the ruling was not only a miscarriage of justice, but seemed to encourage election victories through the 'back door'.
According to him, the concern is currently on the precedence the tribunal has set with the ruling.
“What this verdict seems to say is that from now on, every politician must seek to win an election, by fair or foul means. By hook or by crook.
“The above explanation is the only interpretation one can give to a judgment which condones the violence and terror deployed by the PDP during the last governorship election," he said in the statement.
He argued that the ruling encouraged a situation where elections are not decided by universal suffrage of free votes or voluntarily cast by the electorate, but by coercion, terror and bribery, adding that this is dangerous..
“The verdict appears to recommend a return to the rule of the jungle, where might will always be right.
“Another painful and negatively unique occurrence, which to the best of our knowledge is unknown in Nigeria’s judicial history, is that the court’s verdict had already become public knowledge, several hours before the judge pronounced it in the courtroom," the statement said.
It added that every indigene of Sokoto state was surprised to see electronic and print media houses carrying the court’s judgment even while the complainants and the defendants were sitting before the tribunal, nervously waiting for the verdict.
“This is a strong indication that the judgment had already been compromised, leaked and released to some chosen media outfits, while the court engaged in, what one can call a grand deception," it lamented.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the election tribunal affirmed the victory of Aminu Tambuwal as governor of the state.
The tribunal on Wednesday, October 2, threw away the petition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Ahmed Aliyu, as it lacks merit and for its inability to establish non-compliance
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