Supreme Court affirms Masari's re-election as Katsina state governor

Supreme Court affirms Masari's re-election as Katsina state governor

- Aminu Masari's re-election as Katsina state governor has been affirmed by the Supreme Court

- Garba Lado, the governorship candidate of the PDP, had filed a suit at the apex court challenging Masari's qualification to participate in the election

- The presiding judge, however, held that Lado did not prove his allegation beyond a reasonable doubt

The Supreme Court has affirmed the election of Aminu Masari as the duly elected governor of Katsina state.

Governor Masari's election was challenged by Senator Garba Lado, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9 guber poll.

According to Channels TV, Justice Iyang Okoro, the presiding judge, held that Lado did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Katsina state did not qualify to participate in the election.

In a related development, the coast is now clear for Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state as his gubernatorial victory has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

The apex court threw away the suit filed against Governor Abiodun's victory by Adekunle Akinlade, the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).

The court ruled that Akinlade did not have convincing evidence to substantiate his allegations against Governor Abiodun who was elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Similarly, the Supreme Court has also declared Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state as the actual winner of the governorship election held on March 9.

The news has caused jubilation in Ibadan and other parts of the state, it was learned. With the judgement, the election battle between Makinde of the PDP and Adebayo Adelabu of the APC has been laid to rest.

The ruling was delivered by Justice Ukaego Mary Peter-Odili, who presided over the ruling at the Supreme Court in Abuja.

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