Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Court of Appeal affirms election of Nasarawa governor, Abdullahi Sule

The election of Abdullahi Sule, the governor of Nasarawa, was on Tuesday, November 12, upheld by the Court of Appeal in Makurdi, Benue state. The court also set aside the appeal filed by Emmanuel David Ombugadu, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election, Daily Trust reports. The appellate court went on to affirm the declaration of Sule as the winner of the March 9 poll by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).

The court ruled in favour of the appellant Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on all counts, just stopping short of declaring Adelabu winner. But the court refused to upturn the ruling of the election petitions tribunal that upheld Makinde's victory.

The court also did not order for fresh elections to be held. The development has led to varying interpretations of what really happened on social media. While some argue that the governor has been sacked, others say no such declaration was made by court and so the governor remains in office. But largely, majority of users are confused. Meanwhile, some claimed that the APC and PDP have already begun moves to take the matter to the highest judicial body in the land, the Supreme Court.

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