Rufus Bature, APC’s candidate in the Plateau North Senatorial contest, has withdrawn his petition against Senator Istifanus Gyang, his PDP rival, who emerged victorious in the contest.
Bature withdrew the petition on Thursday in Jos, when the matter came up before the Plateau National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos.
Senator Gyang, former member of the House of Representatives, had succeeded Sen. Jonah Jang in the Red chambers of the National Assembly.
Bature, through his Counsel, M. S. Salihu, told the Tribunal that the prosecution of the petition would be a “waste of time”.
In his response, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice T. N. Nzeukwu, granted the motion and dismissed the petition since there was no objection over the application for the withdrawal from the respondents – Senator Gyang, PDP and INEC
NAN reports that Bature had earlier challenged the declaration of Gyang as winner, in spite of the victor’s wide margin of over 100,000 votes.
Gyang, while responding to the withdrawal, described it as “the will of God for him to serve the people of Plateau North Senatorial District”, and reaffirmed his determination to uphold and deliver on the mandate given to him.