In a stunning turn of events, the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Nasarawa State has upended the political landscape by invalidating Governor Abdullahi Sule’s election victory.
The three-man panel, presided over by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, delivered this game-changing judgment via Zoom, proclaiming Emmanuel Ombudagu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the rightful winner.
This unexpected decision, characterized by a split vote among the panel’s justices, has sent shockwaves through Nasarawa State’s political circles.
Two justices firmly stood behind the PDP‘s claim to victory, while one judge expressed a dissenting opinion.
Justice Ezekiel argued that the petitioner, Emmanuel Ombudagu, had presented an irrefutable case that left no room for reasonable doubt.
This conclusion has raised questions about the integrity of the initial election results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lafia back in March.
According to Professor Ishaya Tanko, the INEC returning officer, Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner at that time. Sule secured a total of 347,209 votes, surpassing his closest rival, David Ombugadu of the PDP, who received 283,016 votes.
As Nasarawa State grapples with this political earthquake, residents and political observers alike are left pondering the implications of this dramatic shift in power dynamics.
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