Adamawa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Yola, on Monday, affirmed Ahmadu Fintiri as governor of the state.
Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, Umar Ardo and his party had challenged Fintiri’s victory before the tribunal, alleging corrupt practices, threats and violence during the election.
SDP and its candidate had asked the tribunal to nullify the entire exercise.
But while dismissing the petition in a judgment on Monday, Chairman of the three-member tribunal, Theodora Uloho, said the petition was lacking in merit, defective and incompetent.
“The petition is incongruous and not properly instituted before the tribunal. The petitioners are not certain about what they want,’’ she said.
Reacting to the tribunal’s judgment, Kaletapwa George-Farauta, Adamawa deputy governor, described it as a victory for democracy.
She urged the petitioners to join hands with Fintiri’s administration to build a new Adamawa.
Meanwhile, Sylvester Emmanuel, counsel to Ardo, said his client would file an appeal to upturn the verdict.
The tribunal is yet to decide on the petition filed by candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the election, Aisha Binani.