- Receives order at tribunal to inspect election materials in Sokoto
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has continued to strengthen its case at the Governorship Election Tribunal in Sokoto State to unseat Governor Aminu Tambuwal through upturning the governorship election result in the state. The party’s efforts to take over the state government yielded relative success when the Governorship and National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Sokoto State on Thursday granted the APC Governorship candidate, Ahmad Aliyu, leave to inspect used election materials and serve Governor Aminu Tambuwal through substituted means.
National Daily learned that the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Abbas Abdullahi, granted the requests of the Petitioner’s lead Counsel, Steve Nwoke, acknowledging that the tribunal has carefully gone through the applications.
Abdullahi was said to have granted the petitioners’ leave to physically inspect materials used by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the conduct of the main governorship election and re-run election, photocopy documents as well as obtain true certified copies.
The Tribunal chairman also granted the petitioners leave to serve Governor Aminu Tambuwal through substituted means as prayed along with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legal adviser, Muktar Yabo.
Justice Abdullahi, however, granted Governor Tambuwal and his party, PDP, leaves to invite forensic experts to conduct physical inspection of materials used on the elections and obtain true certified copies of documents.
Bawale further granted respondents’ applicants’ prayers moved by their Counsel, Muktar Yabo, on relying on the outcome of physical inspection, statistics sought by forensic experts as well as leave to file head votes in respect of the governorship election.
Aliyu had approached the tribunal challenging the result of the governorship election in Sokoto State which saw the return of Tambuwal.