Tribunal affirms Tambuwal’s election as senator for Sokoto South

Aminu Tambuwal

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Sokoto has affirmed the election of a former governor of the state, Aminu Tambuwal, as a duly elected senator representing Sokoto South.

The three-man panel of the tribunal led by Justice Denis Echesi dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, Senator Ibrahim Danbaba, challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate.

The tribunal said the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond a reasonable doubt.

It further awarded a cost of N200,000 to the respondents, Tambuwal and the PDP.

Reacting to the judgment, Chris Kelechi, one of the lawyers representing Danbaba, said his team would study the judgement before going for an appeal.

“The tribunal has promised to hand over a copy of the judgment tomorrow, after which we will sit to check very well before going for appeal,” he said.

In his reaction, Tambuwal’s lawyer, Suleiman Usman (SAN), hailed the judgment.

The tribunal, in its ruling, said the evidence of the petitioners was not reliable.