The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Election Petition Tribunal sitting at Zuba in Abuja on Tuesday upheld the election of Sen. Philip Aduda of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared
Aduda winner of the FCT senatorial election that was held on March 28,2015.
Dissatisfied with the election results, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the poll, Alhaji Sani Sidi, had approached the tribunal, challenging the declaration of Sen. Aduda as the winner.
The APC and its candidate that had predicated their petition on the
ground that there were widespread electoral malpractices, which they alleged were in contravention of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended.
Delivering judgment, the three-man tribunal panel led by Justice E. A Ngene, held that the evidence and testimonies of APC witnesses were based on “hearsay” and not substantial.
Ngene said: “The allegation of electoral malpractices that were canvassed by the petitioners were rather imprecise.
“The objections failed and we uphold the argument of the respondents.The petition is hereby dismissed.”
The tribunal held that the claims by the four witnesses fielded by the petitioners that the elections at Maitama Model Primary School and Wuse polling units were marred by over-voting and mutilation of
election results, were not tenable as they could not establish the
The petitioners had urged the tribunal to nullify Sen. Aduda’s election and called for a fresh poll in the affected areas, citing criminal allegations.
But the third respondent in the matter, INEC had maintained that the election was free and fair.