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Zamfara Guber: Tribunal rules in petition against election of Gov. Bello Mutawalle



The Electoral Tribunal of the Government of Zamfara rejected on Friday a petition presented by Alhaji Zayyanu Salisu, from the Action Peoples  Party (PPP), challenging the election of Governor Bello Mutawalle of the PDP.

Judge Fatima Zeberu dismissed the complaint, after a sentence from the petitioner’s lawyer, Mr. Obed Agu and Prof. Agbo Madaki.

Zebra dismissed the petition after the INEC and PDP lawyers did not object.

The judge dismissed the claim without EPT / ZM / GOV / 2019.

The NAN reports that Salisu’s petition challenges INEC’s decision to issue a return certificate to Mutawalle because he (Mutawalle) was not qualified to stand for election because he was not

“educated up to the school certificate level or his equivalent “, as stipulated in the Constitution of 1999 and the Electoral Law of 2010.

He argued that a report from the Evaluation and Accreditation Division of the Federal Ministry of Education, dated December 28, 2018, had declared that

the Certificate of Commerce on which the first respondent-based as evidence of the educational qualification for the election was not It was a school certificate.

However, the petitioners prayed that the court declares that Mutawalle, at the time of the election, was not qualified to contest the election held on March 9 for the office of Governor of Zamfara.

They also requested that the court order the 3rd defendant, INEC, to make a new election for the position of governor of the state of Zamfara.

On May 27, INEC issued a return certificate to Mutawalle of PDP in line with the Supreme Court ruling of May 24, which dismissed the alleged initial winner, Idris Shehu, of the Congress of All Progressives.