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The Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal will on Monday rule on the petition challenging the re-election of Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

The Tribunal Secretary, Mrs Hafsat Suleiman, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kaduna.

Suleiman said the Tribunal concluded its sitting on August 19 and has fixed Monday, to pass its verdict on the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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The PDP and its governorship candidate in the March 9 poll, Alhaji Isah Ashiru, had petitioned the Tribunal asking it to nullify El-Rufai’s election.

The petitioners in their final written address, asked the Tribunal to cancel a total of 515, 951 votes which it contended were unlawfully added to the total votes cast during the March 9 poll.

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The petitioners had called 135 witnesses out of the 685 they assembled to prove alleged massive rigging, ballot stuffing and other irregularities during the poll as contained in their petition.

The petitioners had accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of adding 391,741 votes to El-Rufai of APC and 124, 210 unlawful votes to the PDP, through wrong or double entry on the result sheets.

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They also contended that declaring El-Rufai winner by INEC was illegal as he did not score majority of lawful votes.

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