From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
The Plateau State Governorship election petition tribunal has dismissed the petition of ex-senator, Jeremiah Tmbut Useni, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), against the election of Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Useni and the PDP, challenged Lalong on two grounds of an alleged presentation of certificates bearing, Sule N. Bako Lalong, obtained from GSS Shendam in 1982, School of Preliminary Studies (SPS), Keffi, his first and second degree from both Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and University of Jos, in 1991 and 1998 respectively.
The tribunal in a consensus judgement, delivered by Justice, Halima Saeelman flanked by two other justices further upheld the election of Simon Lalong, as duly elected Governor of Plateau State.
She said, the 2nd respondent Governor, Simon Lalong, was duly qualified to contest in the 9th, March 2019, general election.
The tribunal chairman holds that the alleged forgery of educational certificate, was proved by the petitioners, “therefore the first ground of the petitioners is dismissed.”
She said the 2nd respondent has effected change of name as published by the Nigeria Standard Newspapers, and has satisfied the requirements of the law.
“Disqualifying the 2nd respondent cannot work, the tribunal hereby dismissed the ground,” she said.
The judgement further thrashed out the second ground of alleged over voting and electoral irregularities, saying the allegations was not proved by the petitioners.
It upheld the election and subsequent returned of Simon Lalong, by the INEC.