The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal for Yobe sitting in Abuja yesterday upheld the re-election of Yobe State Governor. Ibrahim Gaidam.
In the judgment read by Justice Mojisola Dada, the tribunal held that the petitioners – the PDP and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Waziri Maina – failed to prove their case.
The tribunal dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.
Justice Dada said none of the 27 witnesses called by the petitioners could lead credible evidence to establish or prove the allegations before the court.
She said the petition was incompetent owing to the elicited facts that the entire allegations contained in it were “imprecise, vague and speculative’’.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the petitioners had asked the tribunal to annul the April 11 re-election on the grounds that he was not validly elected as the poll was fraught with irregularities and monetary inducement.
Respondents to the petition were Gaidam, APC, INEC, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the state, Abu Zuma, and the governor’s Aide-de-Camp (ADC), Zakari Deba.
Counsel to the petitioners, Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), had told the tribunal that more than 300,000 registered voters were disenfranchised.