Thursday, November 14, 2019

Tribunal dismisses suit challenging Elisha Abbo's victory

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The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Yola on Thursday dismissed a suit filed against Senator Elisha Abbo, which challenged his emergence as the senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District.

Sen. Binta Masi of All Progressives Congress (APC) who lost the seat to Abbo during the general election filed the suit.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Sulaiman Akanbi, while delivering judgment said that the petitioner could not provide any credible evidence to show that the election of Abbo was marred by over-voting and other irregularities as alleged.
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“All said and done, the petitioner failed to prove his petition with convincing evidence. We consequently dismissed this petition,’’ the judge ruled.
Mr Yakubu Bello, counsel to Massi, reacted saying that his client would appeal the judgment.
Meanwhile, Sen. Abbo expressed excitement over his victory and urged Massi to accept the outcome in good faith.
The Senator explained that the case had been one of the major things distracting him and that he would now have time to work for his people.
“My people should be expecting wonders. I am not a mistake and I will make them proud,” he said.
However, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the election tribunal had also dismissed the case filed by Sen. Ahmad Mo-Allahyidi of APC challenging the victory of Sen. Binos Yaroe for the seat of Adamawa South Senatorial District.
In the same way, the tribunal dismissed the case filed by Mrs Ovaldi Madayi of APC against the victory of Rep. Laori Kwamoti of PDP for Numan/Demsa/Lamurde Federal Constituency.
Similarly, the case filed by Malam Mucthar Kabiru of PDP challenging the victory of Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas of APC for Ganye/Toungo/Jada/Mayo-Belwa Federal Constituency was yet again dismissed.

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