Kaduna Election Tribunal: Bar. Soba Floors PDP Candidate

Kaduna Election Tribunal:  Bar. Soba Floors PDP Candidate

By Alex Uangbaoje

The National Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Kaduna under the chairmanship of Honourable Justice Abdulhamid Mohammed Yakubu yesterday affirmed the election of Barrister Mohammed Musa Soba representing Soba Federal constituency under the All Progressive Congress (APC).

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Barrister Soba’s election was challenged by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Barrister Ibrahim Khalid Mustapha at the National Assembly election petition tribunal in a suit number KD/EPT/NA/02/2015.

In the said suit, Barrister Mustapha challenged the eligibility of the 1st respondent (Barrister Mohammed Musa Soba) of the APC to contest the election of March 28th, 2015 for Soba Federal Constituency on grounds that he gave false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and also did not resign his employment with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) before contesting the said election, and prayed the tribunal to nullify the election and order for a re-run.

The tribunal however in its judgement delivered and as read by Honourable Justice Paul Uche Uhuo dismissed the petition and upheld the election of Barrister Soba on grounds that the petition lacks merit‎.
 The order of the judgement reads; “All things considered, this issue is resolved against the petitioner.

“The 1st respondent eminently qualified to contest the election of 28th March, 2015 for Soba Federal Constituency.

“Prayers of the petitioner to this tribunal to order for nullification and conduct of fresh election for Soba Federal constituency is hereby refused.

“Declaration of Barrister Mohammed Musa Soba by INEC as the winner of the said election and duly elected is hereby affirmed.

“That the petition lacks merit and hereby dismissed and we make no order as to cost.

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