By Our Correspondent-
The National and State Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Kaduna has upheld the elections of Mrs. Comfort Amwe of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, representing Sanga State Constituency.
The tribunal also affirmed the declaration of Yusuf Dahiru Liman of the All Progresive Congress, APC, representing Makera Constituency.
The election tribunal has also nullified the election of Mr. Monrodia Tanko of the PDP representing Kagarko constituency and has ordered for a re-run in two wards and twenty two polling units in Kagarko local government area.
The election of Mrs Amwe was challenged by Halliru Gambo Dangana of APC for Sanga constituency while Mr. Solomon Katuka of PDP challenged the victory of Honourable Liman of the APC.
Former Deputy Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon. Nuhu Goro Shadalafiya of the APC challenged the victory of Honourable Tanko representing Kagarko constituency.
The tribunal under the Chairmanship of Justice Adamu H. Suleiman, Justice N.U Daniel and Justice Maimuna A. Abubakar as member 1 and 11 respectively delivered the judgement.
In the judgement between Hon. Shadalafiya and Tanko which was read by Justice Abubakar, it said the respondent failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt that the he did not commit the malpractices petitioned against him.
According to her, the petitioner, Hon.Shadalafiya has among other things said the election held in kagarko local government on the 9th March 2019 was full of malpractices including over voting, manipulations and multiple electoral malpractices.
Justice Abubakar said the petitioner has proved that all the electoral malpractices were committed hence the need for a re-run of the election in two wards and twenty two polling units.
In the case of Sanga and Makera constituencies the judgement was read by Justice Daniel, saying that the case of over voting against Hon. Amwe and Hon. Liman lacks merit and therefore upheld their elections and strucked out the petition for lack of merit.
He said the petitioners failed woefully to established the case of over voting.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the judgment, Honourable Amwe said, “I am very happy and to God be all the glory. God gives to whom he wishes. I will mentor my opponent who is new in politics. My doors are open for him, let’s join hands together and work for the betterment of Sanga constituency.”
Hon. Shadalafiya said, “Technicality has been dropped to the door step and justice was made to prevail because the truth of the matter is that there was over voting and we proved that beyond reasonable doubt because it was well spelt out.”