APC Wins 10 States In Governorship Tribunal, PDP 11, LP 1

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As a result of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s decision about the governorship elections scheduled for March 18, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has so far won ten states.

The APC has won states such as Gombe, Cross River, Benue, Lagos, Kano, Ogun, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Kebbi, and Sokoto, as far as the Nigerian is aware.

The tribunal in Gombe upheld Muhammadu Yahaya’s reelection as the state’s governor.

On September 26, 2023, the state tribunal denied the petitions filed by Jibrin Barde, the candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, and Nafiu Bala, the candidate for the African Democratic Congress.

In its final ruling, the Calabar, Cross River State tribunal denied Prof. Sandy Onor’s suit challenging Senator Bassey Otu’s election as the state’s governor and Peter Odey’s election as deputy governor.

The tribunal declared that the petitioner’s lawsuit, which was submitted under Suit Number: EPT/CR/GOV/02/2023, lacked merit and upheld Otu’s election.

On September 23, the PDP candidate Titus Uba’s appeal challenging the election of APC candidate Hyacinth Alia was denied by the state election petition tribunal in Benue.

The tribunal determined that the governor’s accusation of forgery qualified as a pre-election issue and ought to be heard by the tribunal.

The Lagos governorship election tribunal denied Rhodes-Vivour and Olajide Adediran (also known as Jandor) their appeals, but confirmed Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s victory.

In the meantime, the Kano State tribunal declared that Nasiru Gawuna, the opposition APC candidate, had won the March 18 election.

However, Abba Yusuf, the state’s current governor, has filed a notice of appeal against the tribunal’s decision to remove him from office.

The governorship election petition tribunal in Ogun State dismissed the petitions filed by PDP candidate Ladi Adebutu and upheld Governor Dapo Abiodun’s victory in the state’s March 18 governorship elections.

The Ebonyi State governorship election tribunal confirmed Francis Nwifuru as the state’s governor on September 27 after rejecting Bernard Odoh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance’s plea.

The governorship election petition tribunal in Kaduna State maintained Uba Sani’s election as the state’s governor.

The PDP and its candidate, Isah Ashiru, lost because the panel decided through Zoom that the plea for a pre-hearing was filed too soon.

Similar to this, the tribunal in Sokoto State upheld the APC’s Ahmed Aliyu’s election as the state’s governor.

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Additionally, Nasir Idris’ election as the legitimate governor of Kebbi State was confirmed by the Election Petitions Tribunal on Thursday while it was in Birnin, Kebbi.

In its decision, the tribunal rejected the PDP’s complaint contesting the results of the governorship race won by Idris of the APC and his running mate, Abubakar Umar. The petitioner’s application was deemed to be “lacking in evidential value.”

Plateau, Zamfara, Bauchi, Enugu, Nasarawa, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Taraba, Oyo, Adamawa, and Rivers are the states the PDP has so far won.

The state election tribunal in Abia dismissed the claims of the candidates of the PDP, APC, and Young Progressives Party and upheld the victory of Labour Party governor Alex Otti.

State tribunals have rendered decisions in 22 states thus far; six states have not yet received their judgments from the relevant tribunals.

 

These comprise the states of Borno, Jigawa, Katsina, Kwara, Niger, and Yobe.

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