The Kano state governorship election petition tribunal on Monday reserved its judgment on the petitions by top political parties in the state over the outcome of the March 18 governorship election.
Naija News reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had filed a petition challenging the declaration of Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the guber polls in the state.
However, at the court sitting on Monday, the chair of the three-man panel, Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay, who promised on behalf of the panel to be fair to all parties, said the judgment would come earlier than the 180 days allowed by the law.
The adjournment came after all parties made their final addresses, with the APC urging the tribunal to uphold the petition and return its candidate, Nasir Gawuna, as the winner of the election, while INEC, NNPP, and Yusuf urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition
2023 Election: List Of State Governors Tribunal May Sack
Governorship elections were held in 28 states of the federation during the 2023 general elections held on March 18.
Following the declaration of results and winners by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), other contestants and parties aggrieved by the declared results have gone to the tribunal to seek redress.
Naija News understands the various state governorship election tribunals have given their verdicts in 20 out of the 28 states where elections were held.
Out of the 20 where verdicts have been given so far, the electoral victory of 18 governors have been affirmed, while the tribunals have sacked Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State.
However, the fate of the other eight must be declared before the end of October as according to the 2022 electoral act, tribunals are mandated to hear and give their verdicts within 180 days.
The tribunal would either sack them from office or affirm their victories.
Below is the list of Governors and States awaiting the verdict of the tribunal on their election victories.
1. Governor Alex Otti of Abia State
The Abia State governorship election petition tribunal has fixed Friday, October 6, to deliver its verdict on the fate of the Labour Party governor based on the petition against him by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Ikechi Emenike.
2. Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State
Umar Alkali of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), is seeking a court order for a fresh election in the state over omitting their names on the ballot papers during the poll.
3. Governor Umar Namadi Danmodi of Jigawa State
4. Governor Dikko Umar Radda of Katsina State
5. Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State
6. Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State
7. Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State
8. Governor Mohammed Umar Bago of Niger State
Certificate Forgers Can’t Do Things Right – Peter Obi insist
Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the last election has slammed certificate forgers.
This followed the battle between Atiku Abubakar and President Bola Tinubu over accusations of forging a certificate.
Reacting, Obi said some Nigerians should not expect people who forged their certificates to do things right.
Obi who spoke on Monday while featuring on the Arise TV program, explained that leaders who manipulated their academic records via certificate forgery before their election into offices are living a falsified life.
The former Anambra governor who opined that academic qualifications should not be criteria for leadership positions, however, said leaders should be honest about their status
BREAKING: Tribunal Sacks Governor Sule, Declares PDP’s Ombugadu as Nasarawa State Governor
The Nasarawa State Election Petition Tribunal has declared David Ombugadu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) the winner of the Nasarawa State Governorship Election, effectively sacking the incumbent Governor, Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the Tribunal, led by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, gave the ruling on Monday.
In the ruling, two of the justices agreed that the election was won by the PDP while one judge dissented.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lafia had in March declared Abdullahi Sule, the winner of the governorship election in Nasarawa State.
Prof Ishaya Tanko, the INEC returning officer said Sule polled a total of 347,209 votes to defeat his closest opponent, David Ombugadu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 283,016 votes.
The Tribunal, earlier in the day, also dismissed a petition filed by the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) challenging Governor Sule’s victory for lacking in merit.
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