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PDP files petitions against Jibrin, Doguwa, Goro’s victories at tribunal

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, filed petitions before the Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Kano, challenging the declaration of former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumuni Jibrin, representing Kiru Bebeji federal constituency and House Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa of Tudun-wada/Doguwa federal constituency as winners at the last National Assembly polls.

The opposition party also filed petitions against the victories of the members representing Fagge federal constituency, Aminu Suleiman Goro, and Munir Baba-AnGundi representing Kumbotso federal constituency.

Addressing journalists at the tribunal, PDP’s counsel, Bashir Yusuf Mohammad, said the party has so far filed 24 petitions against the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidates in the National and State House of Assembly polls, insisting that the process that brought about their victories was marred by irregularities.

Bashir added that PDP’s petitions against the APC members were also premised on gross electoral misconducts and violation of extent laws.

“We have filed our clients’ petitions against the APC candidates challenging the process that brought about their victory. Our evidences are based on gross malpractice, violation of guiding principles of election and that extent laws were not followed during the elections,” Bashir said.

Reacting, the defence counsel, Ma’aruf Yakasai, posited that the claims against the victories of the APC candidates were mere allegations that would not stand the test of time.

He disclosed that the APC had also filed petitions against the victories of nine PDP candidates in the state House of Assembly polls.

“Our duty as respondents and as permitted by law is to defend our client’s seats and precisely that is what the APC candidates intend to do. Let me say that all the agitations in the petitions are mere allegations and it is for the petitioner to come up with prove before the tribunal.

“We are also very much on ground to present our facts and figures in defence of our clients and it is left for the tribunal to determine who wins the elections,” Ma’aruf noted.

The Justice Nayai Aganaba-led election tribunal has so far received 33 petitions on the National and State Assemblies elections.


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