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Tribunal Declares Kaduna Governorship Election Inconclusive

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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kaduna has declared the Kaduna governorship election inconclusive.

The petition was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Isah Mohammed Ashiru against Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress in the 2023 governorship election held in the state on March 18, 2023.

In a split decision of a ratio of 2:1, the three-man tribunal panel led by Justice Victor Oviawe declared that the election was inconclusive and thus directed that a supplementary election should be held by the Independent National Electoral Commission within 90 days.

The Peoples Democratic Party had headed to the tribunal to challenge the election of Uba Sani as the sitting Governor of Kaduna State.

The PDP had baked its arguments on the grounds of alleged irregularities and electoral fraud, deposing that its candidate (PDP candidate), Isa Mohammed Ashiru, won the election.

The tribunal ruled further that INEC is to conduct election in seven wards, four local govts, 24 polling units consisting of 16,300 registered voters.

According to results announced by INEC in March, Sani polled a total of 730,002 votes to defeat his closest rival, Isa Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 719,196 votes.

The Labour Party (LP) candidate, Jonathan Asake, came a distant third after polling 58,283 votes while the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate, Suleiman Hunkuyi scored 21,405 votes.

During the hearing of the petition, the PDP and Ashiru called 24 witnesses and presented claims and documents to prove their case.

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