Gov. Aliyu Of Sokoto, Wins At Appeal Court | READ DETAILS
Governor Ahmed Aliyu (APC) of Sokoto State, has been affirmed by the appeal court sitting in Abuja, as the winner of the March 18, 2023 election.
A three-member panel of the court affirmed Aliyu dismissed the appeal of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Saidu Umar.
Recall that the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had upheld the victory of Aliyu on the grounds that the appellants failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt.
The petitioners had contended that Governor Aliyu and his deputy did not secure majority of valid votes that were cast at the election to be declared winners by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
They argued that the election was not only marred by irregularities but was also not conducted in substantial compliance with provisions of the Electoral Act 2022.
Aside from alleging that the governor and his deputy submitted forged certificates, with variations of names, to INEC in aid of their qualification to contest the election, the petitioners, added that electoral fraud occurred in 138 polling units in the state.