BREAKING: Tribunal Affirms Gov Bala Mohammed Winner of Bauchi Guber Polls
- The Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal Court has given its final verdict on Wednesday, September 20
- The ruling affirmed Governor Bala Mohammed as the winner of the governorship polls held on Saturday, March 18 of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Sadique Abubakar.
- The Justice P.T Kwahar-led three-member panel dismissed the petition
Governor Bala Mohammed has been affirmed winner of the March 18th governorship election held in Bauchi State.
As reported by Channels TV, the Bauchi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal led by Justice P.T Kwahar affirmed Governor Bala’s victory on Wednesday, September 20.
Tribunal dismisses APC’s petition
The three-member panel reached a unanimous verdict and dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.
In its ruling, the panel stated that the petition of the APC and its candidate lacked merit and that the election was conducted in compliance with the statutory provision of the Electoral Act 2022 as amended.
Before the commencement of the governorship tribunal in Bauchi State, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Governor Bala the winner of the governorship polls in Bauchi.
Governor Bala, who was the candidate of the PDP, polled 525,280 to outpoint second place candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Air Marshal Abubakar, who polled 432,272.
Kano tribunal judges absent in court deliver verdict via zoom
In another development, the Kanno State election petition tribunal witnessed a strange turn of events on Wednesday, September 20.
It was confirmed that the judges led by Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay were physically absent in court.
Much later, after the confusion in the courtroom, the three-member tribunal judges joined the session via Zoom.
Atiku officially files appeal against tribunal judgment at Supreme Court
Meanwhile, the presidential bannerman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has made an official appeal against the verdict of the PEPC at the Supreme Court.
In his appeal before the apex court, Atiku accused the PEPC of misinterpreting the amended 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Act 2022.