The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lafia has dismissed the petition filed by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Labaran Maku, against the election of Umaru Al-Makura of the All Progressives Congress as governor of Nasarawa State.
The Tribunal dismissed Maku’s petition for lack of merit.
Maku, a former Minister of Information in the former President Goodluck Jonathan administration, had challenged Al-Makura’s victory in the April 11 general elections at the tribunal.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Mohammed, dismissed Maku’s petition on Wednesday and said the petitioner failed to prove his case.
Maku had alleged non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2010 as amended, guidelines for the election and other relevant laws in his petition.
The judge said the petitioner also failed to prove that the alleged non-compliance substantially affected the outcome of the said election.
Mohammed said: “Based on that, I therefore strike out the petition filed by Labaran Maku of All Progressives Grand Alliance against Umaru Al-Makura of All Progressives Congress.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the judgment, Titi Chaku, counsel to Maku, said the team would study the judgment and consult with Maku in order to decide on the next line of action.
On his part, the counsel for the APC, Yusuf Usman (SAN), expressed satisfaction with the judgment and said his client had been vindicated by the decision.