Tribunal Reaffirms Jang’s Election
THE Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State, yesterday, reaffirmed the election of former governor of the State Da Jonah David Jang, as the Senator representing Plateau North in the National Assembly. His opponent, Eunice Ayisa Sambo, of the All Progressive Congress (APC), had gone to the tribunal to challenge Jangís election in general elections.
In a 172-page judgment delivered, the tribunal reaffirmed the election of Jang as the Senator representing Plateau North, throwing away the petition of Sambo for failing to prove her case beyond reasonable doubt. It also awarded a fine of N200,000†against the APC candidate for failing to prove her allegations.
Delivering the judgement that lasted for over four hours, the chairman of the National Assembly election†tribunal, Justice Olanre Akeredolu said, ìThe issues that arise in the determination of this case are resolves against the petitioners in its entirety and are hereby dismissed.î†
Sambo, having lost to Jang in the April election had approached the tribunal to seek redress alleging irregularities in the conduct of the elections in some local government areas. But unfortunately, she had no sufficient evident to back her wild claim that the results of Jos South and Barkin Ladi local governments were ëmassively riggedí.
† Justice Akeredolu submitted that all the certified true copies of document tendered by the petitioner to substantiate her allegations failed to meet the requirement of the law pointing out that the petitioner relied on the advice of the audience of what transpired at the polling units and not what he saw at the units.
Reacting to the judgment, Jang in a statement signed by his media aide Chris†Gyang, said, “this judgment has gone a long way to further confirm the confidence and trust of the electorate in me and the Peoples Democratic Party† (PDP).
† “Now I can concentrate better on continuing the redemption agenda at the Senate to enhance the development of our state and country at large.”