The Sokoto Governorship, Election Petition Tribunal has set a date for the delivery of its judgment in the case challenging the election of Governor Ahmed Aliyu. On September 30, 2023, the tribunal will render its decision.
This development follows the tribunal’s decision to reserve judgment in August after reviewing the petition filed by Sa’idu Umar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Governor Aliyu and his deputy, Idris Gobir. Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/09/12/gombe-state-governorship-election-tribunal-dismisses-adcs-petition-against-governor-yahaya/
Justice Haruna Mshelia, the tribunal’s chairman, deferred judgment until later after both parties had presented their final written arguments. The tribunal subsequently communicated that the decision would be delivered in September. More: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/09/12/gubernatorial-election-verdict-looms-as-ebonyi-state-tribunal-prepares-to-rule/
The essence of Sa’idu Umar’s petition revolves around his contention that Governor Aliyu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate, did not meet the qualification criteria for the position. Additionally, Umar alleges that the March 18 governorship election was marred by electoral fraud.
A notice issued by the Secretary of the Election Petitions Tribunal, Sunday Martins, has confirmed that the judgment in this case, marked EPT/SK/GOV/01/2023, is scheduled to be pronounced on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 9:00 a.m.
The notice also specifies that supporters will not be granted access to the court premises due to heightened security measures imposed by law enforcement agencies.
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