Nasarawa: Tribunal Affirms Governor Sule’s Election
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa has struck out the petition challenging the victory of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the March 9, 2019 elections.
David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had filed the petition, claiming there were irregularities in the Governorship election.
Justice Abba Mohammed, chairman of the tribunal, while delivering his judgment on Saturday, dismissed the petition for lacking merit.
He added that the petitioner failed to prove the allegation of over-voting, non-voting and non-compliance with the Electoral Act.
The Judge argued that the petitioner had also failed to prove how collation was disrupted and other claims of illegal cancellation and falsification of results.
He stated further that the burden of proof lay with the petitioner and he had failed to prove the allegations.
Justice Mohammed added that the petitioner has failed to produce two sets of results (original and fake) to prove that the outcome was falsified in favour of Governor Sule.
“Hence he failed to prove that, we, therefore, uphold the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission,” the Chairman said.