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Sen Elisha Abbo retains seat as tribunal affirms his election

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The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal for Adamawa State has affirmed the election of Sen Ishaku Abbo for Adamawa North Senatorial District.

The election tribunal which gave the judgement in Yola on Thursday, dismissed it on the grounds of the inability of the petitioners to prove their case.

The petitioners, Sen Garba Binta Masi and the All Progressives Congress (APC), had based their petition on claims of over-voting, non-use of card readers, and other instances of ‘noncompliance with the Electoral Act.’

The petitioners asked that Abbo’s election be nullified and for the conduct of a supplementary election in polling units where the alleged infractions took place.

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The respondents, Abbo and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in spite of that, countered the petition, saying the election which produced Abbo was conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act.

Delivering the judgement, Chairman of the election petition tribunal, Justice Suleiman Akanbi, said the petitioners failed to produce concrete evidence to back their allegations of lack of compliance with the Electoral Act.

“The witnesses did not help the case,” he said, adding that the petitioners fell short of Section 181 of the Evidence Act which requires a petitioner to provide convincing proof.

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