The All Progressive Congress (APC), Sokoto State Chapter, has vowed to appeal the judgment of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal affirming the victory of Governor Aminu Tambuwal.
The state APC Chairman, Alhaji Sadiq Achida, made this known in a statement.
Achida said the judgment was unfair saying: ”APC wishes to categorically reject it entirely; we believe that the judgement has turned justice on its head.
“Our lawyers are studying details of the judgement to file an appeal at the appropriate court of law.”
He urged APC supporters and loyalists in the state to remain calm and peaceful while the party explores all available legal means to reclaim the mandate. He thanked party members and people of the state for their support and loyalty and pledged that APC remained committed to defending their interest.
The three-member tribunal on Wednesday dismissed the petition of the APC and its governorship candidate, Ahmed Aliyu, for lacking in merit.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Abbas Bawale, held that the petitioners failed to establish their claims on noncompliance with the Electoral Act and the issue of over-voting.
The Governorship Election held on March 9 was declared inconclusive following cancellation of 75, 403 votes which were higher than the 3, 413 votes margin between the leading candidates.
The re-run was then conducted on March 23, which led to the victory of Tambuwal who won with a slim margin of 342 votes.