North Central State of Nigeria’s Plateau North Senatorial candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Former Secretary to the Plateau State Government, Hon. Rufus Bature, has formally withdrawn his petition challenging the victory of Senator Istifanus Dung Gyang and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), at the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Thursday.
Senator ID Gyang who succeeded Senator Jonah Jang, a former governor of the State was elected to represent Plateau North in the Red chambers of the National Assembly.
According to Bature through his Counsel M.S Salihu Esq. filed a motion for the withdrawal of the petition.
He told the Tribunal that the prosecution of the petition would be a further waste of time.
The Tribunal Presiding Judge Justice T.N Nzeukwu granted the motion and dismissed the Petition before the tribunal Since there was no objection over the application for the withdrawal from the Respondents, Senator Gyang, PDP and INEC) in the petition, the Tribunal, dismissed the petition haven been withdrawn.
Leading a team of lawyers for Sen I.D. Gyang H. N. Uguawala Esq. including Niri Darong Esq, expressed satisfaction in the withdrawal
You would recall that the Tribunal had earlier fixed Nine (9) days for the trial of the petition.
Hon. Bature has earlier challenged the declaration of the Senator representing Plateau North, Barr. I. D. Gyang as Winner even when he won with a wide margin of over 90,000 votes.
Senator Istifanus Gyang however describes the development as the will of God for him to serve the people of Plateau North Senatorial District and reaffirming his determination to uphold and deliver on the precious mandate given to him by the people of Plateau North.