The Gombe State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, on Tuesday, dismissed the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Mohammed Barde, against the victory of Governor Inuwa Yahaya of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 18 election.
The Tribunal presided over by Justice S.B Belgore struck out the case over ‘lack of merit’.
Barde had alleged in the petition that the election in which Governor Inuwa was returned as the winner was marred by many irregularities, including vote buying.
However, the Tribunal ruled that the allegation was baseless and that the petitioners failed to prove the alleged election malpractices and therefore struck out the petition.
LEADERSHIP earlier reported that the Tribunal also struck out a petition filed by the African Democratic Congress (ADC) against the victory of Governor Yahaya and his deputy, Manasseh Jatau, in the 2023 governorship election.
The ADC’s petition was based on the alleged discrepancies in names on the certificates submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the deputy governor.
The Tribunal dismissed the petition, saying that the case was a pre-election matter and ruled that Jatau had the minimum requirements to run for the office of the deputy governor.