SOKOTO: Court Orders Fresh Election in Sokoto North/Sokoto South Federal Constituency
The Court of Appeal, Sokoto Division has ordered fresh election in the Sokoto North/Sokoto South Federal Constituency of the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Alhaji Bala Hassan of All Progressive Congress (APC) as the winner of the 2019 election into the constituency.
But People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the election, Abubakar Abdullahi filed a petition at the Elections Tribunal, alleging that the poll was marred by irregularities.
The tribunal dismissed the petition stating that the petitioners failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
However, the PDP candidate appealed against the judgement of Election Petitions Tribunal at the Court of Appeal.
Delivering the verdict, Justice Frederick Oho of the Court of Appeal said the appeal succeeded.
Justice Oho then ordered INEC to conduct rerun election within 90 days.
The Court of Appeal in Sokoto has also sacked Senator representing Sokoto South, Abubakar Shehu Tambuwal and Member representing Bodinga/Dange Shuni/Tureta Federal Constituency, Aliyu A A Shehu, both of the All Progressives Congress.
It ordered the return of the PDP candidates Ibrahim Danbaba for senate and Balarabe Kakale for House of Representatives.
The PDP candidates had filed the appeals against the judgment of the Election Petitions Tribunal which had upheld the elections of Senator Abubakar Shehu Tambuwal and House of Representatives member Aliyu Shehu.
Delivering the judgement Wednesday the judge Federich Oho, said Danbaba and Kakale’s appeals succeeded.