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Tribunal Sacks Nasarawa Governor, Declares PDP’s Candidate Winner



The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Nasarawa has nullified the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state and declared the candidate of the People Democratic Party, PDP, David Ombugadu as the winner, News About Nigeria reports.

Governor Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who sought re-election for a second term and was returned by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, faced stiff opposition during the election and eventual sack by the tribunal.

Delivering its judgment via Zoom, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, declared Emmanuel Ombugadu of the PDP as the lawfully elected governor of Nasarawa State.

In their ruling on Monday, two of the justices said Ombugadu won the election, while one judge dissented.

The chairman of the panel, therefore, maintained that the petitioner was able to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt.

INEC had declared the candidate of the APC, as winner of the election with 347,209 votes while Ombugadu polled second with 283,016 votes.

The PDP candidate had expressed dissatisfaction with the outcome of the governorship election, citing alleged irregularities.