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The Sokoto State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have seen their petition challenging the election of two members of the state House of Assembly dismissed- belonging to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The National and State Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in the state dismissed the petition for lack of merit.

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The PDP had challenged the election victories of the APC candidates Kabiru Dauda (Gada East), and Abubakar Zakari (Rabah).

While delivering judgement on Wednesday, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ubale Musa, held that the election of one of the House of Assembly members, Dauda was valid, stating that he had scored the majority of the lawful votes cast and that the election was conducted in compliance with all the extant electoral laws of Nigeria.

“The petition has failed, lacks merit and it is therefore dismissed accordingly, with no costs awarded,” Justice Musa submitted.

Recall that one of the petitioners, Garba Tsitse, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, had alleged, among others, that Dauda was not duly elected, alleging that the APC candidate had not scored the majority of lawful votes cast.

Tsitse also held that and the election of Dauda was not conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, as well the Independent National Electoral Commission guidelines for the 2019 general elections.

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