The National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Minna, the Niger State capital has upheld the election of former governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, as lawmaker representing Niger North Senatorial District.

Justice Angela Otaluka also awarded N250,000 as cost to the respondent, Shehu Abdullahi of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Abdullahi had demanded a reversal of the victory of Bello, alleging that the election was marred with irregularities and the casting of multiple votes.

Delivering her ruling on the matter, Otaluka averred that the petitioner failed in totality to prove the issues of overvoting and, thereby, dismissed it.

Also, the tribunal upheld the election of Senator Peter Jiya Ndalikali of the PDP, Niger South Senatorial District.

Mohammed Bima of the APC had filed a petition against Ndalikali challenging his election and alleged that he was duly elected, having scored the highest votes of the total votes cast at the Niger South Senatorial District polls.

Otaluka dismissed Bima’s petition while declaring that the allegations he raised could not be substantiated and lacked merit.

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