Bauchi Governorship Election Tribunal, on Wednesday, affirmed the re-election of Bala Mohammed as the Governor of the state.
Mohammed polled 525,280 votes to defeat Sadiq Abubakar, former chief of air staff, who secured 432,272 votes in the state election.
The tribunal while delivering judgement, dismissed the petition filed by Sadique and his party, the All Progressives Congress, challenging Mohammed’s victory in the March 18 governorship election.
Chairman of the three-man panel, PT Kwahar, said the petitioners failed to prove beyond reasonable doubt the alleged manipulation of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) in the election.
He said the petitioner’s witnesses presented evidence based on hearsay as they were not at the polling units.
Kwahar said the witnesses did not show evidence that the election results were mutilated, manipulated, or tampered with as claimed.
He said, “They have failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the APC candidate won the election.
“The election of the 18th of March, 2023 was conducted in total compliance with the electoral act and the petition is hereby dismissed.
“Consequently, the return of the second respondent as the truly elected governor of Bauchi State by the first respondent (INEC) in the conduct of the governorship election of the 18th of March, 2023 is hereby affirmed.”