The Federal Capital Territory Area Council Election Appeal Tribunal has put apart the judgments of the Elections Petition Tribunal which sacked the Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Abdullahi Suleiman Sabo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Chairman of the Bwari Area Council John Gabaya moreover of the PDP from their positions.
The Appeal Tribunal in a unanimous judgment study by the Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Suleiman Belgore, allowed the appeals on their benefit and held that the Trial Tribunal erred in its judgment when it didn’t take into accounts, the totality of all proof sooner than it.
Justice Belgore talked about the primary grounds of attraction on the utilization of Bimodal Voter Registration System (BVAS), have been immaterial to the election, as an identical should not be contained throughout the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.
The Judge well-known that the non-use of BVAS was not an integral course of beneath the sooner Electoral Act 2010, nothing that although the 2022 Electoral Act now provides for its use, it was not lethal to the conduct of the Area Council elections and on account of this reality, a mere irregularity of non-compliance with INEC’s Election Manual.
In an identical enchancment, Justice Yusuf Halilu who study the unanimous judgment of the Appeal Tribunal for Bwari Area Council allowed the attraction of the Chairman of the Council, John Gabaya and put apart the earlier judgment of the Trial Tribunal which declared the All Progressives Party candidate, Haruna Shekwolo winner of the election.
The Appeal Tribunal whereas dismissing the preliminary objection filed by the APC and its candidate, Haruna Shekwolo held that the trial tribunal erred when it counted in favour of the APC, 5781 votes allegedly stable in Polling fashions 006 and 008 in Shere Ward when clearly, the number of votes stable on the wards, exceeded the number of accredited voters.
The Appeal Tribunal moreover ordered INEC to return the PDP candidates of the Bwari and Kuje Area Council Elections respectively, as a result of the duly elected candidates whereas urging the non-victorious occasions to take the selection in good faith.