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Nasarawa: Tribunal Throws Out Maku’s Petition

Posted: Sep 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By: Michael David, Lafia


The Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petition tribunal sitting in Lafia, the state capital, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 struck out the petition of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate in the April 11, 2015 election, Labaran Maku, against the election of  Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State for lack of merit.

Delivering the judgement today, Justice Halima Mohammed, after reading out all written addresses by all the counsel (petitioner and respondents) ruled that the petitioner could not prove his allegations beyond reasonable doubt.

According to her, “The petitioner failed to provide credible evidence where he alleged that the election was marred with violence in some places, unlawful declaration of votes, inflation of figures, mutilation and over-voting.

“That the petition could not prove beyond reasonable doubt where he alleged that card readers were not used in some polling units. He also failed to sort out ballot papers tendered before tribunal, so it was not the business of the tribunal to sort it out for the petitioner.”

Reacting to the verdict shortly after it was delivered, Maku’s running mate in the election, Ibrahim Abu, said that they were not satisfied with the judgement, and they have been robbed, the people of the state have been robbed, and so they would head to the Supreme Court.

Abu urged the people of the state to be calm, as due procedure would be followed.


Earlier, governor Tanko Al-Makura while addressing supporters at the Government House, Lafia said that the victory is for all the people of Nasarawa state as well as promised his campaign promises.