The Nigerian Supreme Court in Abuja has upheld the election of Governor Ahmad Aliyu of Sokoto State, dismissing the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Saidu Umar. The appeal contested the outcome of the governorship election held in the state on March 18, 2023.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
Governor Ahmad Aliyu’s victory was reaffirmed in a judgment delivered by Justice Tijjani Abubakar. The Supreme Court upheld the decisions of both the Court of Appeal and the Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, rejecting the appeal that sought to invalidate Governor Aliyu’s election. Aliyu, representing the All Progressives Congress (APC), emerged victorious in the election.
Following the election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Aliyu as the winner with 453,661 votes, surpassing his closest rival, PDP candidate Umar, who received 404,632 votes.
Expressing dissatisfaction with the election results, Umar and the PDP took their grievances to the tribunal, alleging that Aliyu and his deputy, Idris Gobir, were ineligible to run for office. They also claimed that the election suffered from irregularities and was not conducted substantially in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2022. Additionally, accusations were made against the governor and his deputy for presenting allegedly fake certificates with name variations to the electoral body.
However, on September 30, 2023, the three-member tribunal panel, led by Justice Haruna Mshelia, dismissed the petition for lacking merit. The tribunal concluded that the petitioners failed to substantiate any of the allegations made in their petition. The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on November 27, 2023, upheld the tribunal’s decision, declaring most of the evidence presented by the petitioners as legally inadmissible.