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Tribunal upholds Governor Masari’s election

The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Katsina State has upheld the election of Governor Aminu Bello Masari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Senator Yakubu Lado, challenging Masari’s victory at the poll. 

The tribunal, which delivered its judgment in Abuja, dismissed all the grounds of the petition saying that the petitioner did not prove them beyond reasonable doubts as required by law.

Reading the verdict on behalf of two other members of the three-man tribunal, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman affirmed that Governor Aminu Masari was the duly elected Governor of Katsina State, having scored the majority of lawful votes cast in the election.

However, there was minority judgement during the proceedings as the Chairperson of the three-man panel, Justice Hadiza Ali told other members of the tribual that Governor Masari does not have the requisite qualification to contest the election.

But her move was overruled by the other two members of the panel, leading to the victory of Governor Masari at the tribunal.

Reacting to the judgement, the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Salisu Majigiri expressed displeasure over the judgement, insisting that the party and its candidate would proceed to Appeal Court.

Ibrahim Shehu

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