The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Ahmed Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Sokoto state.
In a unanimous judgment on Monday, a three-member panel of the court’s Sokoto division dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Saidu Umar, challenging Aliyu’s victory in the March 18 governorship election.
The panel, led by Justice Ita Mbaba, upheld the September 30 judgment of the state governorship election petition tribunal, which had earlier dismissed the petition by the PDP and Umar.
Justice Mbaba, according to TheNations, stated that the tribunal was correct in ruling that Aliyu and his deputy, Idris Gobir, were qualified to contest the election and did not present forged certificates, as claimed by the appellants.
In their petition, the PDP and Umar had challenged Aliyu’s victory on various grounds, including allegations of ineligibility, falsification of certificates, variation of names, election fraud, and non-compliance with electoral guidelines.