By Sylvanus Okpe
The Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Sokoto on Wednesday declared that the petition filed by Ahmed Aliyu, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenging the declaration of Governor Aminu Tambuwal as the winner of the governorship election is valid and proper in law.
The tribunal consequently struck out the objections raised against the petition by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor Tambuwal that the petition is lacking in merit.
The tribunal in a unanimous judgement, dismissed the objections and held that the petition was properly filed.
The tribunal equally ruled that the petitioners duly paid the filling fees.
It held that against the argument of the respondents that the petition disclosed substantial cause of action and was properly signed by the petitioners.
It further held that the non-joinder of the running mate to the petitioners is not enough to render the petition incompetent.
On the whole, the Justice Abbas Bawale led tribunal held that the application by the respondent lacks merit and constituted waste of judicial time.
Mr Aliyu had earlier gone to the tribunal seeking to upturn the victory of Tambuwal in the 2019 Governorship election.
The main governorship election which held on March 9 was declared inconclusive following cancellation of 75, 403 votes which were higher than the 3, 413 votes margin between the leading candidates.
The re-run was conducted on March 23, and Tambuwal won with a slim margin of 342 votes.
Unsatisfied with the outcome, Aliyu approached the tribunal challenging the return of Tambuwal as the governor-elect, on the grounds that the election was marred with irregularities.