The election petition tribunal sitting in Sokoto has affirmed the election victory of the former governor of the state, Aminu Tambuwal, as a duly elected senator, representing Sokoto South Senatorial District.
The three-man panel of the Tribunal, led by Justice Denis Madi Echesi, dismissed the petition of the All Progressive Congress and its candidate, Senator Ibrahim Danbaba, challenging the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate.
The ruling affirmed Tambuwal’s victory, who secured a total of 100,860 votes during the election.
Tambuwal’s victory was particularly significant given his status as a two-term former governor of Sokoto State. He triumphed over his closest rival, Danbaba, by a margin of 4,976 votes. Danbaba had garnered 95,884 votes in the election.
Following the dismissal of the petition, the Tribunal awarded the cost of ₦200,000 each to the first and second respondents, the PDP and Tambuwal, respectively.
Reacting to the Tribunal judgement, Barrister Chris Kelechi, one of the legal team members representing the petitioner, Ibrahim Danbaba, said his team would study the judgement very well before going for an appeal.
“The Tribunal has promised to hand over the copy of the judgement tomorrow, after which we will sit to check very well before going for appeal,” he said.
In his reaction, Suleiman Usman (SAN), who stands for Senator Tambuwal, commended the judgement