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Gov. Sule to Appeal Tribunal Judgement

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Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state says he would appeal the majority judgement of the governorship elections petition tribunal sitting in Lafia that annulled his declaration as the winner of the March 18 election.

The governor stated this on Monday in Lafia while reacting to the split judgement of the tribunal.

He said that the judgement was a temporary setback that they would learn from in order to re-strategise and come out stronger.

“I still remain the governor till the Supreme Court decides otherwise because the law allows me to appeal and we will do that to reclaim our mandate,” Mr Sule said.

The governor called on his supporters to remain calm and not take laws into their hands by engaging in street protests.

He cautioned the youths and supporters of APC against responding to the opposition, especially on social media.

The tribunal, in a split judgement, annulled the election of Gov. Sule of All Progressives Congress (APC) and declared David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the rightful owner of the election.

The majority judgement was read by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, chairman of the tribunal.

Justice Chiemelie Onaga, a member of the panel agreed with the lead judgement read by the panel chairman.

The only dissenting judgement was delivered by Justice Ibrahim Mashi, who dismissed the petition filed by the PDP candidate and upheld the declaration of the governor by the INEC.


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