Takeaways from Adamawa guber tribunal ruling

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The election petition tribunal which upheld the election of Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of PDP, Friday evening has adduced its judgement on three substantive issues.

In a landmark judgement that lasted more than 9 hours, lead Judge, Justice Adeniran Adebara said that APC could not prove beyond reasonable doubt, the allegations of over-voting in 385 polling units spread across 12 local government areas of the state.

Adebara added that APC could not also prove the allegation that Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri did not comply with electoral act noting that; ordinarily, he ought to strike out the petition because granting the relief will give Governor Bindow who was not joined in as a party to the petition, substantial leverage.

He also disclosed that; the ten prosecution witnesses brought by the APC failed to substantially prove that there was non-compliance with the electoral act as all their evidence were largely unsubstantiated.

Adebara also said that the petition of APC to the effect of non-adherence to card reader could not also hold water because card readers were not the sole determinant of who wins an election adding that there were many voters who were not captured by the card reader but accredited manually. On that premise, the Judge said; APC also failed to prove substantially, the complaint of over-voting.

He also disclosed that APC could not also substantiate their claim that those who voted are less than the votes cast prompting him to dismiss the petition.

The judge has before the commencement of the verdict took a caveat saying that he did not receive a dime from anybody to warrant passing a lopsided judgement.

He disclosed that the three man panel he led were satisfied with the allowances they receive from the federal government. He urged anybody who gave money on their behalf to come forward and make a claim.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri as the winner of the March 28 supplementary election by defeating the then incumbent governor, Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow.

In a broadcast to the state, Bindow, the APC candidate has conceded defeat and congratulated Fintiri saying he believes only God gives power to whom he wishes at the appropriate time.

But despite the concession by their candidate, the All Progressives Congress (APC), filed a petition before the tribunal challenging the victory of Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).


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