Tracereporters.com –Court of Appeal, sitting in Kaduna today has affirmed the Tribunal’s judgement which had earlier ordered for election to be re run in two wards, 22 polling units of Kagarko State Constituency.
It would be recalled that Mr. Nuhu Goroh Shadalafiya of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the victory of Hon. Morondia Tanko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 9th March election for Kagarko Constituency.
The National and State House of Assembly Tribunal sitting in Kaduna State, on Saturday, 21st, September, 2019 had earlier ordered for election to be re run in two wards, 22 polling units of Kagarko State Constituency.
It would be recalled that Mr. Nuhu Shadalafiya of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had challenged the victory of Hon. Morondia Tanko of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 9th March election for Kagarko Constituency.
In the judgement which lasted for about thirty minutes, the three man panel of the tribunal chaired by Justice Adamu Suleiman in a unanimous decision ordered for a re run in the affected wards.
The judgement read by Justice Habiba Abubakar said the respondent failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt that he did not commit the malpractices petitioned against him.
According to her, the petitioner, Hon. Nuhu Shadalafiya has among other things, said the election held in Kagarko Local Government Area on the 9th March 2019 was full of malpractices such as over voting, manipulations and multiple electoral malpractices.
In her lead judgement, Justice Habiba said the petitioner has proved that all the electoral malpractices were committed.
The judgement as delivered by Justice Habiba stated thus” that election be re- run in two wards, polling unit 001 to polling unit 018 because the margin between the first respondent and the petitioner is 2,318 votes as the petitioner got 24,008 votes and the first respondent got 36,302 votes,
However, the result of the over voting filed in the petition was 9,702 votes for the first respondent and 2,128 for the first petitioner thus showing over voting in the election.
Hence, the need for a re run in the 22 polling units of Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State was delivered as the judgement by the tribunal.