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Hope Rises For AA Zaura As INEC Loses At Tribunal

The National / State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal Sitting in Kano has dismissed the Independent National Electoral Commission’s application seeking to have additional time to file its response to the petition by Abdussalam Abdulkarim Zaura (AA Zaura) of All Progressives Congress.

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AA Zaura through his lead counsel, Ishaka Dikko SAN, challenging the victory as well as declaration of Rufa’i Sani Hanga as the winner of the Kano Senatorial election conducted on 25th February, 2023.

Justice Watch News earlier reports that INEC didn’t respond to the petition of AA Zaura within 21 days after receiving the court processes as provided by Paragraphs 10 (2), 12 (1) and 47(1) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2022.

In the ruling, the Tribunal dismissed INEC application seeking for the extension of time outside 21 days to respond to the petition.

In his response to the ruling, Barrister Adekunle T. Falola a member of the AA zaura legal team who also held the brief of Ishaka Dikko SAN said there are no way the Tribunal would act contrary to the provisions of Paragraphs 10 (2), 12 (1) and 47(1) of the First Schedule to the Electoral Act, 2022.

The senior lawyer further stressed that Election Petition is time bound.

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In his response, counsel to the INEC Barrister Abbas Haladu affirmed that by the extant laws of the Electoral Act, a time cannot be extended for anybody regarding filing or responding to a petition.

He maintained that the law has provided a maximum time within which to response to a petition.

Haladu added that ” It is not our making, we felt that its necessary for INEC as party to respond. We relied on section 45 of the 1st scheduled but the Tribunal overruled us.”

The counsel further said he will study the ruling and advise his client accordingly.

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