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Tribunal upholds El-Rufai’s election

The Kaduna Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of Nasir El-Rufai as duly elected governor of the State.

Delivering judgment on Monday, the three-man panel, led by Justice Ibrahim Bako, said the petitioner, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Isah Ashiru could not prove his allegations of massive rigging and other electoral irregularities against Governor El-Rufai , the All Progressive Congress (APC) flag-bearer before the Tribunal.

In Mr. Ashiru’s petition, the PDP candidate had alleged that irregularities trailed the conduct of the March 9, governorship election, and requested the Tribunal to declare him winner of the election.

But the Tribunal ruled that the petitioner was unable to provide substantial evidence to prove his allegations, even as it notes that the petitioner did not present any factual evidence to prove INEC wrong in returning Mallam El-Rufai of the APC as duly elected.

The tribunal therefore dismissed Mr. Ashiru’s suit, saying  it lacked merit .

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