Breaking: Judges Divided as Tribunal Upholds Masari’s Election
Breaking: Two judges uphold, one annul Masari’s election at tribunal
The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Katsina State on in the FCT Abuja has upheld the election of Katsina State Governor Rt. Hon. Aminu Bello Masari and dismissed PDP’s petition challenging his victory in the 2019 polls by two out of the three judges.
According to a ThisDay report, the tribunal, which delivered its judgment in Abuja, dismissed all the grounds of the petition, saying that the petitioner did not prove them beyond reasonable doubt as required by law.
Reading the verdict on behalf of two other members of the three-man tribunal, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman affirmed that Governor Masari was the duly elected governor of Katsina State, having scored majority of lawful votes cast in the election.
However, there was a minority judgment during the proceedings as the Chairperson of the three-man panel, Justice Hadiza Ali Jos, told other members of the tribual that Governor Masari “does not have the requisite qualification to contest the election”.
But her move was overruled by the other two members of the panel, leading to the victory of Governor Masari at the tribunal.
Reacting to the judgment, the state Chairman of the PDP, Hon. Salisu Yusuf Majigiri, expressed displeasure over the judgment, insisting that the party and its candidate would proceed to the Appeal Court.
Also after the judgement, Governor Masari took to his Twitter handle and thank Almighty Allah for the victory and dedicate it “to the good people of Katsina”.
“Our victory at the tribunal is by no means a milestone in the history of our dear state, we believe it is well deserved. While expressing our profound gratitude to Almighty Allah, we humbly dedicate this victory to the good people of Katsina State for believing in us.” He twitted.