Guber Tribunal Sets Date For Ruling In Niger

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Niger PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Nasko


By Our Correspondent.

The Gubernatorial Election Tribunal sitting in Minna has fixed Wednesday, 18th of September, 2019 for judgment in a case brought before it by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the last governorship election in the state, Umar Mohammed Nasko and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party as petitioners challenging the election of Abubakar Sani Bello as winner of the governorship election in the state and the All Progressives Congress, (APC), his party.
Also joined in the suit is the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) which declared Sani Bello as winner of the polls.
Our correspondent in Minna gathered from an impeccable source that the tribunal is set to deliver judgment on the matter having received entries and submissions from all counsels to the petition before the tribunal.
The candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the last gubernatorial election in the state, Umar Mohammed Nasko and his party had soon after the governorship election in the state last March, approached the tribunal with evidences bordering of alleged perjury, false declaration of age, documents falsification amongst other allegations against the sitting governor, Abubakar Sani Bello and his deputy, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso.
The petitioners had in the cause of the trial, alleged forgery of National Youth Service Corp, (NYSC) discharge certificate by the governor,.
The petitioners had alleged that the governor had in his INEC form CF001, while under oath, said he graduated from the University of Maiduguri in 1991 while his University certificate attached to the documents submitted to INEC shows he graduated from the University on 2nd November, 1993 whereas his NYSC discharge certificate reads a discharge date as May, 1992 – 1993.
Also in his declaration of age certificate, the governor admitted he had signed the paper on his father’s behalf.
Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, the deputy governor to the governor is also alleged to have while on oath presented questionable schools certificates including his primary school and his National Examination Council, ( NECO) result.
The petitioners had during the course of hearing their petition, presented evidences and called witnesses to support their case.

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