The Katsina State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal on Saturday in Abuja, in a split decision of two to one, validated the election of Governor Aminu Masari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Dele Omotosho, in his judgment at the Zone ll Magistrate Court, Abuja, held that the petitioner failed to prove the allegation of substantial non-compliance to the electoral act in the conduct of the election.
However, in his dissenting judgment, Mfr Omotosho, allowed the petition and nullified the election of Governor Masari.
He also ruled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fresh election in the state within 90 days.
Mr Omotosho held that Mr Masari was qualified to have contested the election and that the petitioners were not able to prove the allegations which they hinged their petition.
In the majority judgment, chairman of the panel, Hadiza Alijos and Justice Ityonuyiman, held that the petitioners failed to prove the allegations of non-compliance to the electoral act in the conduct of the election that produced Mr Masari as the winner.
Yakubu Lado of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took Mr Masari and the APC to the tribunal, challenging the result of the March 9 governorship election in the state.
Mr Lado in his petition filed by his counsel, Goddy Uche, asked the tribunal to nullify the election and order for a rerun over alleged irregularities