Wamakko wants tribunal to strike out Maccido’s petition
By Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, has urged the National and States Assemblies Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Sokoto, to strike out the petition filed by the defeated candidate in the 2019 Sokoto North Senatorial District Election, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Maccido, as it was filed out of the required constitutional time.
Senator Maccido, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have filed a petition before the tribunal challenging the declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Wamakko, as the winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Lead Counsel for the first respondent, Senator Wamakko, Dr. Hassan Liman, SAN, has however in an application prayed the court to strike out the said petition filed by Senator Maccido.
Dr.Liman further submitted that the petition was filed out of time and it contravened the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
According to him, section 285, sub section five of the constitution requires such petitions to be filed 21 days after the date of the declaration of the results of the election.
“The petitioner filed the petition on the 18th of March,2019, which is clearly outside the 21 days required by the law.
“We have therefore urged the tribunal to strike out the petition, no matter how good it is. Senator Wamakko has won his election, validly in accordance with the provisions of the constitution,” he said.
Both the Lead Counsel of the second respondent, APC, Chief Jacob Ochidi and that of the third respondent, INEC, Barrister Henry Eni-Otu, aligned themselves with the submissions of Dr. Hassan Liman and urged the court to strike out the petition.
Lead Counsel for Senator Maccido, Barrister Ibrahim Abdullahi, had argued that, the petition was filed within the stipulated time.
Tribuna chairman, Justice Peter AkhimieAkhihiero, adjourned the pre – hearing session to today for continuation.