The Sokoto Sultanate and retired justices across the upper North have been alleged to have exerted undue influence on the Tribunal that gave judgment in favour of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the Peoples Democratic Party.
Last week the Sokoto State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed the petition of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu and held that Tambuwal was duly returned as winner of the March, 2019 election.
The Sokoto Renaissance League however insists that the Court decision was unduly influenced by the convergent interests of the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar and some retired members of the bench in the far northern states.
In a statement on behalf of the League, its Chairman, Nura Sani Kware observed that there was no way Tambuwal would have won the case if not for the undue pressure by these vested interests.
“We were not surprised at the outcome of the judgment because we all witnessed jubilations at the Sultanate and Government House since around 12 noon on that day which preempted the judgment that was to be delivered in Abuja by about 5pm.
” It is rather unfortunate that traditional institutions and supposed community elders are so enmeshed in partisan politics as to tamper with the proper dispensation of justice, ” the Group said.
Even before the judgment, a certain League of Concerned Democrats in Sokoto State had sounded the alarm that the Sultan was making frantic efforts to influence the outcome of the petition.
“Since the last sitting was held on September 3, Governor Tambuwal has been thrown off guard and has been desperately looking for a way to avert the unstoppable.
“Investigations revealed that the governor has been at the palace of the Sultan Abubakar to explore ways of influencing the outcome of the tribunal’s judgement,” the League had said.