By S. Adamu, Sokoto
The Election Petition Tribunal in Sokoto state on Wednesday affirmed the election victory of Senator Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as duly.
The former governor represents Sokoto South Senatorial District of Sokoto state.
The Justice Denis Echesi led three man tribunal panel in its unanimous ruling dismissed the petition of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its candidate, Senator Abdullahi Danbaba Danbuwa.
The Tribunal said the petitioners, APC and its candidate failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt and awarded a fine of N200,000 to be paid to each of the respondent by the petitioners.
Speaking shortly after the tribunal verdict, Dr Suleiman Usman SAN, Counsel to Tambuwal , said the tribunal gave lengthy decision in which all issues that were canvassed and ventilated were examined, abreast and evaluated.
“At the end of the day the tribunal found the evidence of the partitioners as unreliable, having been contradicted and most of which were hear say including the documents tendered.
“The tribunal found the petition unproven and confirmed and affirm the election of Sen. Tambuwal as duly elected Senator in the National Assembly,” he said
Mr Chris Ndeoyiro, Counsel to the partitioners, said they will wait for the copy of the tribunal judgement to review it content and take the next line of action.
He said, “The judgement it self is quite bominous over the same way the tribunal dismissed the petition.
“However, there are quite some areas where we are not satisfied from the judgement read in the book of the tribunal.
“But I cannot say any other thing. The tribunal will make available the copy of the judgement latest tomorrow, so when we look into it and review it, we take the next line of action,” he said