Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Kaduna, Thursday upheld Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s election.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance governorship candidate, Polycarp Danladi Gankon had on May 28, 2015 petitioned the tribunal seeking for the cancellation of the results and nullification of El-Rufai’s election.
But in the judgement which lasted over six hours, the Chairman of the tribunal, A. A. Adebara dismissed the petition of the APGA governorship candidate for lack of evidence and failure to provide proof to substantiate the issue of exaggerated election results brought before the tribunal.
Adebara also dismissed Gankon’s petition alleging non compliance with Electoral Act in 7 local government areas during the 11 April, 2015 governorship election on grounds that, he Gankon could neither provide evidence to support his allegation nor witnesses.
Though the tribunal didn’t grant the APGA candidate’s plea to nullify the election because of non compliance, exclusion and exaggerated results and order for a re-run, it cancelled results in some wards of the seven local governments.
However, after cancelling results of APC in the affected wards of the seven local government areas, Justice Adebara declared El-Rufai the authentic and duly elected winner of the governorship election.
After the judgement was delivered, counsel to the petitioner and respondents applauded the judgement, pointing out that it was a well researched.