Tribunal upholds the election of Governor Abubakar Bello

Abubakar Bello

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State.

The tribunal yesterday dismissed the petitions of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate Umar Nasko for lacking in merit.

On the allegation by the petitioners that the Governorship election in 2019 was marred with intimidation, violence, vote-buying among other act of irregularities, the tribunal said the petitions were bereft of evidence and was bound to fail at arrival.

The tribunal had earlier yesterday dismissed the petition by the PDP and its candidate challenging Governor Bello’s victory in the governorship election stating that he submitted forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The tribunal, led by Justice John Igboji, while dismissing the petition said it constituted an abuse of court process because it had been heard and decided by a Federal High Court.