Tribunal upholds election of member representing Agaie state constituency
The election of Hon. Mohammed Isah Etsugaie of the All Progressives Congress (APC), representing Agaie constituency in the state house of assembly, has been upheld by the National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Minna (EPT).
Abdullahi Yahaya of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has filed a petition against the election of the second respondent on the allegations of alterations of votes at the March 18, 2023 election.
The petitoner had approached the tribunal requesting the cancellation of the election of the second respondent on the ground that the election was marred with irregularities, ranging from over-voting to alterations and allocations of votes.
According to the petitioner, the election of the second respondent was characterised by so many irregularities that he requested the tribunal to cancel the election and order the conduct of a fresh election in some of the polling units.
Evaluating the evidence and witnesses as well as the exhibits tendered before the tribunal, Justice Angela Otaluka averred that the petitoner failed to prove and substantiate his allegations of over-voting and allocations of votes as claimed.
She further posited that the petitoner has failed to prove that the second respondent was not elected by the majority of votes cast at the polling units, as claimed in his petition.
Justice Angela Otaluka equally maintained that all the witnesses and evidence presented by the petitoner were so contradictory as to lack merit.
Speaking with journalists shortly after the judgement, the counsel for the respondent, Barr Mohammed Abdulkadir Waziri, described the judgement as not only a victory for his client but a victory for democracy.
He commended the judges for their eloquent and well-researched judgement and appreciated the courageous position of the jurists.