The Nasarawa Election Petitions Tribunal has certified David Ombugadu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, the winner of the Nasarawa State governorship election held on March 18, 2023.
In its judgement, the tribunal pronounced Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s election null and unlawful.
Previously, the tribunal in Lafia dismissed the lawsuit made by the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) contesting Governor Abdullahi Sule’s confirmation as the legitimately elected governor of Nasarawa State for lack of merit.
“The petition lacks merit and is hereby dismissed,” stated the three-member bench led by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi.
According to him, the petitioner failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt for alleged over voting, disruption of votes, among others.
However, the tribunal had refused to award costs against the NNPP.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on March 20, declared Sule of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the governorship election in the state after he purportedly had the highest number of votes during the polls.
He was re-elected for a second term in office after beating his closest contender, David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 283,016 votes while Abdullahi Maidoya of the NNPP had 11,726 votes.
The PDP and NNPP, along with their individual gubernatorial candidates, appealed to the tribunal to nullify Sule’s victory, citing dissatisfaction with the outcome of the election.