Court Dismisses PDP’s Request for Kaduna Governorship Vote Recount

Court Dismisses PDP’s Request for Kaduna Governorship Vote Recount

The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has dismissed the suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Isa Ashiru, against the refusal of the Kaduna State Governorship Petition Tribunal to order for the recount of votes.

Delivering judgement on Thursday, Justice Hussaini Muktar also affirmed the ruling of the tribunal, refusing to order for a recount.

The tribunal had on May 29, struck out the prayers of the petitioners’, seeking for a recount of votes cast in the March 9, 2019 governorship election which was won by Nasir El-rufai of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for lack of merit.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako who ruled on the motion, said that the tribunal has a time frame of only 180 days to complete its assignment.

Justice Bako also refused the application for amendment of the motion, seeking to narrow the votes recount to only 12 local government areas of Kaduna state.

Specifically, the petitioners had asked the tribunal to order the votes recount in Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi, Giwa, Zaria, Sabon Gari, Makarfi, Birnin Gwari and Ikara amongst other local government areas. Dissatisfied with the ruling, PDP and its gubernatorial candidate appealed the verdict at the Court of Appeal.

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