By Sunday John
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia on Saturday affirmed the election of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of the APC.
Delivering judgment Justice Abba Mohammed, Chairman of the Tribunal, dismissed the petition filed by Mr David Ombugadu, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the election of Gov. Sule in the March 9 Governorship poll.
In a unanimous judgment, Mohammed, held that the PDP petition lacked merit.
The tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove the allegation of over voting, non voting and non compliance with the electoral act.
The tribunal also held that the petitioner failed to prove how collation of results was disrupted.
“The burden of prove lay with the petitioner and he has failed to prove the allegations.
“The petitioner has failed to produce two sets of results (original and fake) to prove that the outcome was falsified in favour of APC candidate.
“Hence he failed to prove that, we therefore, uphold the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).” the tribunal held.
Ombugadu, a two term House of Representative Member is challenging the election on account of alleged unlawful declaration of Sule as winner of the poll.
The PDP candidate had also claimed that the polls did not comply with provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.
He had also alleged intimidation of voters, unlawful cancellation of votes and malpractice during the election.
NAN reports that Gov. Sule of APC polled 327, 229 votes to defeat Ombugadu of PDP who scored 184, 281 votes in the March 9, governorship elections.