Tribunal throws out petitions against two PDP lawmakers in Kaduna


The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Kaduna State has dismissed the petition filed against two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives members.

The tribunal on Saturday dismissed the petitions instituted against David Umar Gurara, who represents the Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency, and Hon. Bashir Shadow, a member representing the Kauru Federal Constituency.

They were returned in the House of Representatives election conducted on February 25th, 2023, by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

They were dragged before the tribunal by the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Gabriel Haar Zock and Hon. Mukhtar Zakari.

In his petition, Zock alleged that elections were not conducted in 43 polling units, asking the tribunal to nullify INEC’s proclamation and order fresh elections.

Zakari had instituted a petition against Shadow alleging that he presented a forged school certificate and prayed the tribunal to order INEC to issue him a certificate of return as he came second during the election.

Delivering the judgment in the petition filed by Gabriel Haar Zock, the Tribunal Chairman Justice H.H Kereng, who delivered judgment in David Umar Gurara’s petition, declared that the petitioner had failed to provide credible evidence to prove his case. He dismissed the petition in its entirety.

Also, while delivering judgment on Zakari’s petition against Shadow, Hon Justice. Abdu Maiwada Abubakar dismissed the petition for lacking merit.

One of the lead counsels to the two respondents, Barr. Kassai Jessy, said the tribunal dismissed the petition filed by the two petitioners for lack of merit.

He said the tribunal was magnanimous enough not to grant any fine against the petitioners for wasting its time.

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