Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been affirmed by the Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal as the winner of the March 18, 2023 governorship election.
The Tribunal on Thursday dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the 2023 election, Isah Ashiru.
In a dissenting judgment of two against one, delivered on Thursday, a three-member panel headed by Justice Victor Oviawie dismissed the petition on the ground that the pre-hearing notice was filed out of time and therefore deemed to be abandoned.
The tribunal chairman and another member held that the appeal brought by PDP and Ashiru against the dismissal of their petition at the preliminary stage by the first and second defendants wasn’t meritorious because the filing of the pre-hearing notice was abandoned and out of time, and therefore had dealt the entire petition a fatal blow.
However, the tribunal noted that if the petition had not been dismissed for lack of merit, it would have ordered a supplementary election in 22 polling units within 90 days of the substantive judgement.
Naija News understands that Ashiru and PDP are challenging the declaration of Governor Uba as the winner of the March 18th governorship election.
Senator Sani in the election polled a total of 730,001 votes to defeat Ashiru who scored 719, 196 votes.
PDP and its candidate had alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the wrong candidate winner of the election.
The opposition party also claimed that there were massive irregularities and manipulation of results in favour of Governor Ubah in some local governments by INEC.
According to them, the APC candidate did not score the highest number of valid votes cast in the election and ought not to have been returned winner of the election by INEC.
In June 2023, PDP and Ashiru, however, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal to challenge the election of Governor Uba.
At the last sitting of the court on September 3rd, all parties presented their final written addresses before the tribunal, with APC’s legal team led by a former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Bayo Ojo (SAN).
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