The Kano State National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano on Tuesday upheld the election of Kano Central Senator and former Kano State Governor, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Delivering judgment, the tribunal chairman, Justice Cornelius Akintayo, dismissed the petition filed by Sen. Bashir Lado, challenging Kwankwaso’s victory in the March 28 2015 general elections.
Justice Akintayo held that Lado failed to establish a prima facie evidence against Kwankwaso, having failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt, and dismissed the case forthwith for lacking in merit.
The judge further held that the petitioner’s prayer urging the tribunal to nullify the election based on the substitution of the name of Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf with Kwankwaso’s name was untenable.
This, he said, was because the petitioner had failed to provide genuine evidence to prove that the results of the election did not reflect the conduct of the polls as he had alleged.
According to the judge, the tribunal, therefore, has no sufficient evidence to declare the election null and void, and considers the result of the Kano Central National Assembly election conducted and declared by INEC as credible.