Supreme Court dismisses appeal challenging Tambuwal’s victory as Sokoto Governor

Peter Bahago,Abuja


Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP has been affirmed as the winner of the 2019 governorship election in Sokoto State by Nigeria’s Supreme Court.

In a judgment read by Justice Uwani Abba-Aji,  the justices dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Ahmad Aliyu for lacking in merit.

On Nov. 22, 2019 a five-man panel of the Court of Appeal,  presided over by Justice Usaini Murkhtar, dismissed the appeals.

The Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Oct. 2, 2019 dismissed the petition against Tambuwal.

But dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, the APC, through its lead counsel, Dr Alex Iziyon (SAN) had appealed the judgment on three grounds of non-compliance with electoral laws, over voting and other irregularities.

The Appeal Court ruled that the appellant failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt, thereby dismissed the case.