The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal for Yobe State sitting in Abuja, has upheld the election of Ibrahim-Umar Potiskum, as the member representing Potiskum/Nangere federal constituency.
Justice U.S Sakwa, a member of the three-man tribunal, delivered the judgment on Saturday. Sakwa dismissed the petition filed by Sabo Garba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for lacking in merit.
The petitioner had challenged the return of Potiskum, on the grounds that he did not score the highest number of lawful votes, cast during the February 23 House of Representatives poll.
He also alleged that Potiskum had at been convicted twice in the past and has a history of insanity.
In his ruling, Sakwa said there was no document before the tribunal, to back up allegation raised by the petitioner.
“The petitioner has failed to give particulars that the respondent is a man of unsound mind. Besides, an allegation of unsound mind is not a crime.
“There is also no document before this tribunal that the first respondent is still suffering from such illness. This is hereby resolved in favour of the respondent.
“On the issue that the respondent was not duly elected, the tribunal also resolved this in his favour because the petitioner did not adduce document to that effect.
“The allegation of false declaration of age by the respondent was also discountenanced by the tribunal,” Sakwa said.
For a better society