Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Tribunal dismisses Shehu Sani’s petition


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The National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Kaduna on Wednesday dismissed the petition of Senator Shehu Sani of Peoples Redemption Party for lack of merit.

Mr Shehu had approached the tribunal asking it to nullify the election of Senator Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress as senator of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

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Uba, a former Political Adviser to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, won the February 16, 2019 election with 355,242 votes.

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His closest contestant, Lawal Adamu of the PDP, scored 195,497 votes, while Shehu Sani was a distant third with 70,613 votes.

Chairman of the three-man tribunal, Justice A. H. Suleiman, in a judgment that lasted two hours, said that Senator Shehu Sani’s petition had no substance and lacked merit.

He said that the petitioner had failed to present convincing evidence to warrant the nullification of the election.

The lead counsel to Senator Uba Sani, Frank Igbe hailed the Tribunal for a fair judgment.

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He thanked all those that contributed to the success of the case and urged those not satisfied with the ruling to proceed to the Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile, counsel to Shehu Sani who were present at the court declined to comment on the verdict.

However, his lead counsel, Morris Odeh, who was away in Benue, told a NAN correspondent on phone, that he would only comment after consulting with his client and other colleagues who were in court.

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Meanwhile, the Tribunal has fixed August 24, for ruling in the petition of the PDP and its candidate Lawal Adamu, who was also challenging the election of Uba Sani.

In another development, the Tribunal has fixed Monday, Aug. 26, to rule on the petition of, Barnabas Bantex, former deputy governor of Kaduna State.

Bantex, who contested for Senate under APC to represent Kaduna South Senatorial district, is challenging the re-election of Sen. Danjuma Lah of the PDP in the February 16 polls.


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