The Electoral Petitions Court of the National Assembly for the State of Adamawa has affirmed the election of Sen Ishaku Abbo to the North Senate District of Adamawa.
The Nigeria newspaper report that The electoral court that issued the ruling in Yola on Thursday dismissed it due to the petitioners’ inability to prove their case.
The petitioners, Sen Garba Binta Masi and the All Progressives Congress (APC), had based their petition on claims of overvoting, non-use of card readers and other instances of “breach of the Electoral Law.”
The petitioners requested that Abbo’s election be annulled and that a supplementary election be held at the polling stations where the alleged infractions occurred.
However, respondents, Abbo and it’s People Democratic Party (PDP), responded to the petition, saying that the election that produced Abbo was made in substantial compliance with the Electoral Law.
In issuing the ruling, the president of the electoral petitions court, Judge Suleiman Akanbi, said the petitioners did not present concrete evidence to support their allegations of breach of the Electoral Law.
“The witnesses did not help in the case,” he said, adding that the petitioners did not comply with Section 181 of the Evidence Act, which requires a petitioner to submit convincing evidence.
“The one who alleges must provide evidence,” he concluded and dismissed the petition.
In response to the sentence, Sen Binta Masi Garba said through her advice that she would appeal; while Sen Abbo, in an interaction with journalists, advised him to listen to people’s voice.
Abbo said: “The voice of the people is the voice of God. People have spoken through their ballot, and today, a court of competent jurisdiction has affirmed the people’s choice. I’m elated. ”
Senator Binos Yaroe of the PDP had previously been affirmed as duly elected to the southern area of Adamawa when the court dismissed a petition against his predecessor, Senator Ahmad Mo’Allayidi of APC.
Similarly, the court dismissed the petitions against Hon Abdurazak Namdas of APC and Hon Kwamoti Laori of PDP, which freed lawmakers to remain in their seats in the National Assembly.