The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State has affirmed the election of Senator Istifanus Gyang. In a ruling on Tuesday, the chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Theophilus Nzeugwu, struck out the petition filed by the candidate of the United Progressive Party UPP, Sanusi Inuwa, challenging the victory of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Plateau North senatorial district election.
He held that the petition cannot be sustained on the ground that the petitioner failed to prove his case. Justice Nzeugwu said the petitioner could not tender any document to show that he was indeed validly nominated to contest for the poll.
In the course of the petition, the national secretary of the UPP was subpoenaed to the Tribunal where he testified that his party sponsored the petitioner for Plateau South and not Plateau North, as seen in the certified true copy of the form UPP submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).