In a significant development, the Nasarawa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which convened in Lafia, the state capital, has issued a groundbreaking order for the withdrawal of the Certificate of Return previously bestowed upon Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC). This directive stems from the tribunal’s reconsideration of the March 18 election results.
Governor Sule, initially declared the victor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), now faces a reversal of fortune as the tribunal acted upon a petition filed by David Ubugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Ubugadu contested the election outcome, prompting a thorough review of the results.
The three-man Tribunal, led by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, delivered a split judgment on Monday. In a surprising turn of events, the majority ruled in favor of Ubugadu, declaring him as the rightful winner of the Nasarawa State Governorship election.
Reacting to the tribunal’s decision, former Senate President Bukola Saraki expressed his congratulations to Hon. David Umbugadu of the PDP. In a tweet, Saraki stated, “I congratulate Hon. David Umbugadu of our great party, PDP, who has been declared the winner of the Nasarawa State Governorship election by the Nasarawa State Election Petition Tribunal. This judicial victory is a resounding affirmation of the people’s will, and it serves as a reminder that democracy is and must always be the bedrock of our nation.”
The tribunal’s verdict has sparked discussions on the implications for the political landscape in Nasarawa State and the broader implications for democratic processes in Nigeria. As the state braces for potential political shifts, the decision has added a new dimension to the post-election narrative, raising questions about electoral integrity and the due process of law.
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