Eko Hot Blog reports that the Kaduna State Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of Governor Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
According to The Nation, the judgment, which took five and half hours, saw the three-man panel of judges led by Justice Victor Oviawie, and Justice K. Damlat and Justice N. Nonye, struck out the petition because the preliminary notice was filed out of time after the 21- day prescribed by the constitution, and was deemed to have been abandoned.
Giving the split judgment, Justice Victor Oviawie said the preliminary notice was filed outside the 21 days prescribed by the constitution from the day when the result of the election was declared, adding that the petition was deemed to be abandoned.
His ruling was also towed by Justice N. Nonye, while Justice K. Damlat disagreed noting that the preliminary notice was properly filed and was not abandoned.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Sani, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the March 18 election.
But Ashiru and his party rejected the result and headed for the court.
The three-man panel led by Justice Victor Oviawe delivered judgement via Zoom on Thursday.
Reports had earlier suggested that Governor Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been sacked from office following the tribunal’s declaration of the governorship election in the state as inconclusive.
The report added that INEC has been directed to conduct a fresh governorship election in the state within 90 days.
Governor Uba Sani Reacts To Kaduna Tribunal’s Verdict
In a swift reaction, Uba Sani took to his X and Facebook page and his election victory was not cancelled.
The statement reads:
“I am extremely delighted and humbled by the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal affirming my victory in the 2023 Kaduna State Governorship Elections.
The judgement is an unequivocal affirmation of the popular mandate graciously given to me by the good people of Kaduna State.
“I commend the Tribunal for their thoroughness and lucidity.They have enriched our jurisprudence and practice of electoral democracy.”
Read the full statement below:
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