The National Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Kaduna, under the chairmanship of Honourable Justice Abdulhamid Mohammed Yakubu, yesterday affirmed the election of Barrister Mohammed Musa Soba, of the All Progressive Congress (APC) representing Soba Federal constituency.
Barrister Soba’s election was challenged by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barrister Ibrahim Khalid Mustapha at the National Assembly election petition tribunal.
In the said suit, Barrister Mustapha challenged the eligibility of the 1st respondent (Barrister Mohammed Musa Soba) of the APC to contest the election of March 28th, 2015 for Soba Federal Constituency on grounds that he gave false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and also did not resign his employment with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before contesting the said election.
He prayed the tribunal to nullify the election and order for a re-run.
The tribunal, however, in its judgment delivered and read by Honourable Justice Paul Uche Uhuo, dismissed the petition and upheld the election of Barrister Soba on grounds that the petition lacked merit.
The order of the judgment reads; “All things considered, this issue is resolved against the petitioner.
“The 1st respondent eminently qualified to contest the election of 28th March, 2015 for Soba Federal Constituency.
“Prayers of the petitioner to this tribunal to order for nullification and conduct of fresh election for Soba Federal constituency is hereby refused.
“Declaration of Barrister Mohammed Musa Soba by INEC as the winner of the said election and duly elected is hereby affirmed.
“The petition lacks merit and is hereby dismissed and we make no order as to cost.”