- The election tribunal has reserved judgment against the Sokoto state governor, Ahmed Aliyu, and his Deputy, Idris Gobir
- The three-member panel of justices led by Haruna Mshelia made the decision on Saturday, August 26
- The PDP candidate, Sa’idu Umar, filed a petition against Aliyu over non-qualification and electoral fraud
Sokoto state - The Sokoto Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has reserved judgment in the petition against Governor Ahmed Aliyu and his deputy, Idris Gobir of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The three-member panel of justices led by Haruna Mshelia on Saturday, August 26, stated that a date would be communicated to all parties involved in September, The Punch reported.
Tribunal reserves judgment against Sokoto governor
Sa’idu Umar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed a petition against the Governor Aliyu over non-qualification and electoral fraud
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Umar’s counsel, Aare Olumuyiwa Akinboro, SAN, said there is a discrepancy in Governor Aliyu's secondary school and university certificates that were different from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) presented documents.
Akinboro further stated that no government agency has records of a “Model Primary School”; the school Gobir claimed issued him a primary certificate.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also argued that Aliyu and his deputy abandoned facts as they presented two defence witnesses who were unable to counter or prove otherwise the facts presented by 32 witnesses and the bundle of evidence.
He prayed the tribunal to void Aliyu’s election and declare Umar the winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship election.
PDP lines up 31 witnesses to nullify APC guber victory
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the March 18 election victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been hit with a fresh challenge.
In what could be described as a drama, Sa’idu Umar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the March 18 governorship candidate, has lined up thirty-one (31) witnesses to nullify the victory of Governor Ahmad Aliyu of APC and his deputy, Idris Gobir in the election.
Aliyu disguises to inspect dirty public hospital
Governor Ahmad Aliyu of Sokoto State, on Monday, June 19, paid a surprise visit to the Sokoto Specialist Hospital to ascertain the quality of services provided by the outfit. Malam Abubakar Bawa, the press secretary to the governor, confirmed this development through a statement issued in Sokoto.
Bawa disclosed that the governor’s decision to visit the health facility unannounced followed a series of concerns raised by citizens of the state over poor service delivery at the clinic.