Ex-Niger governor’s election is upheld by the tribunal

Aug 31, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The election of Abubakar Sani-Bello to the Senate to represent the Niger North Senatorial District has been affirmed by the National Assembly Electoral Petition Tribunal.

The verdict was announced on Wednesday in Minna by Judge Angela Otaluka.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Sani-Bello of the All Progressive Congress (APC) was named the victor of the election conducted on February 25 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

According to NAN, Sani-Bello, the recently-retired governor of Niger, beat Shehu Abdullahi, the Peoples Democratic Party’s senate candidate (PDP).

Nevertheless, Abdullahi went before the tribunal to contest Sani-victory Bello’s because the election was tainted by fraud, including double voting.

In his appeal, Abdullahi requested that the court proclaim him the winner since he received the most legal votes and annul Sani-election Bello’s via the assistance of his attorney, Hussaini Garba.

Otaluka said in the lengthy judgement that the panel found that the petitioner had entirely failed to show the allegation of excessive voting mentioned in the petition after reviewing the proceedings.

Moreover, she declared that the petition lacked merit and rejected it completely.

The panel upheld Sani-selection Bello’s and ordered the petitioner to pay the respondent’s costs of 250,000.

Similarly, the panel affirmed Sen. Peter Ndalikali’s election to represent the Niger South Senatorial District.

Sen. Mohammed Bima of the APC has petitioned against Ndalikali’s election, claiming that he received the most legitimate votes during the national assembly election on February 25.

Bima requested that the tribunal proclaim him the election’s legitimate victor and declare Ndalikali’s victory invalid.

In rejecting the case, Otaluka said that the claims made by Bima were unsupported and that the petition lacked merit.

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