By Our Reporter
The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Saturday, affirmed the victory of Engineer Abdullahi Sule, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the duly elected governor of the state, at the March 9 governorship election.
The tribunal equally dismissed for lacking in merit, the petition instituted by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate in the March 9 election, Hon. David Ombugadu, challenging the declaration of Engineer Sule as winner of the said election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a marathon judgment that lasted over eight hours, the longest in the political history of the state, the three-man panel, headed by Justice Abba Mohammed, threw out all the allegations raised in the petition, saying the petitioner has failed to proof his allegations beyond reasonable doubt.
Citing relevant laws to buttress its ruling, the tribunal pronounced that the petitioner was unable to proof that the March 9 governorship election was not substantially conducted in compliance with the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.
On the allegation that the election was marred by over voting, the tribunal ruled that the petitioner relied solely on information obtained from the Card Reader Machine, from across all the affected polling units, ignoring that of the voter’s register.
The PDP and its candidate in the 2019 governorship election, have approached the tribunal seeking for the court to order a fresh election in the state, alleging that INEC did not comply with the accreditation requirements in more than 90 per cent of the polling units in the state.