The All Progressives Congress ( APC), Sokoto State Chapter, and its Gubernatorial Candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, have filed a Petition at the 2019 Gubernatorial Elections Petitions Tribunal, challenging the election of Governor Aminu Waziiri Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
A member of the APC Legal Team in the state, Barrister Bashir Mu’azu Jodi, disclosed this to newsmen in Sokoto, on Thursday, shortly after the sitting of the Tribunal, on behalf of the Lead Counsel, Dr Alex Izinyon, SAN.
Jodi said the counsels have over forty witnesses to present at the Court when the hearing of the case commences.
Barrister Jodi added that there are many cogent grounds upon which the election of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is being challenged, centring majorly on the trampling of the Electoral Act, 2010, as amended, during the March 9th, 2019, Gubernatorial election, as well as the March 23rd, 2019, rerun Gubernatorial poll.
The respondents are the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Governor Aminu Waziiri Tambuwal, Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), and the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
According to him, the respondents will later be served, while they have two weeks to reply, after which the Court will fix a date for the hearing .
Meanwhile, the Court has granted an Ex Parte Order, to allow the APC Counsels to inspect the Electoral materials used for the two polls.
The materials include various forms, ballot papers and card reader machines, among others. This was the sequel to the filing of Motion Ex Parte by the APC Counsels.
Jodi explained that the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), would later be served with the order, while a date will be fixed for them to inspect the materials and where necessary take the Cerified True Copies of some of them.