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Tribunal dismisses petition against Kwankwaso

THE National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Kano, has dismissed a petition filed against former Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, as the senator representing Kano Central.

The tribunal held that the petitioner, Mega Progressives People’s Party (MPPP), lacked the locus standi to challenge Kwankwaso’s victory.

MPPP alleged that the election was marred by irregularities.

But tribunal Chairman Justice Colonius Ilorin Akintayo, who led other two judges, argued that the petitioner did not have the basis for challenging Kwankwaso’s victory.

Justice Akintayo said: “Since the petitioner did not participate in the election, because he could not participate; because he was lawfully excluded from the process, he does not have any basis to challenge the outcome of the election under scrutiny.”

The judge held that the petitioner failed to prove the “unlawful exclusion” from the poll as “…he claimed in the election process”.

He added: “Since he failed to prove his case, the petition is hereby dismissed.”

Justice Akintayo said Kwankwaso’s victory was valid as a duly elected senator.

The petitioner’s lead counsel A. T. Falola said he would liaise with his client on the next line of action.

On whether or not the petitioner would appeal the judgment, Falola said: “Ours is to communicate to the client; matters go from one stage to another. If they wish to appeal, that is their constitutional right.”

Thousands of Kwankwaso’s supporters and well wishers celebrated the judgment on Kano streets.

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