Borno Senatorial election: Tribunal dismisses suit against Gov. Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima
Former Governor Kashim Shettima Photo: VOA Hausa

The Borno Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a suit filed by Mohammed Abba-Aji of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the election of Governor Kashim Shettima of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Abba-Aji, a senator, is challenging the return of Mr Shettima as winner of Borno Central Senatorial seat.

Mr Abba-Aji represented the zone between 2003 and 2007.

In a petition with number EPT/BO/SEN/3/2019 dated March 17, filed before the Tribunal sitting in Abuja and made available to NAN,“ Mr Abba-Aji argued that there was over voting in seven wards and evidence of corrupt practices and non- compliance to the provision of the Electoral Act.”

Also joined in the suit are the APC and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ruling on the application for withdrawal of the petition filed by Mr Abba-Aji, the tribunal headed by Justice Peter Kekemeke dismissed it for lack of merit.

“The petitioners have not complied with the provision of section (49) of the 1st Schedule of the Electoral Act.

“It is our view that the petitioner’s application lacks merit and so failed’’, he held.

Mr Kekemeke also dismissed application of Mr Shettima and APC for praying the tribunal to dismiss of the petition for also lacking in merit.

“However, the petition had turned academic in pursuant to paragraph 15 (4) of the 1st Schedule of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended, this petition is accordingly dismissed’’, he held.

Mr Abba-Aji had earlier sought an order of the tribunal, mandating INEC to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to Mr Shettima because the election was marred by corrupt practices and non- compliance with electoral Act.

He is also sought for an order mandating INEC to conduct a fresh election to the seat of Borno Central Senatorial District.



PT Mag Campaign AD

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application