- Kaduna state governorship election petition tribunal has cancelled Governor Uba Sani's election victory
- The court in its verdict on Thursday, September 28, declared the governorship election in Kaduna state inconclusive
- Following Thursday's judgement, INEC has been directed to conduct a fresh governorship election in the state within 90 days
- In a recent development, Governor Uba Sani maintained he has not been sacked and his election victory was upheld by the tribunal
Kaduna state, Kaduna - The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Kaduna state has delivered its judgment regarding the actual winner of the Saturday, March 18, 2023 governorship election in the state.
As reported by The Cable, Governor Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been sacked from office following the tribunal's declaration of the governorship election in the state as inconclusive.
This is coming after the election tribunal dismissed the preliminary objection filed by Governor Sani against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Isah Ashiru
The decision, which sent shockwaves throughout the political landscape, was delivered during a virtual session conducted via Zoom.
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However, ruling on the petition on Thursday virtually, the three-man panel of Justices led by Justice Victor Oviawe, ordered a rerun in 24 polling units in seven wards of four local government areas of the State consisting of 16,300 registered voters, Leadership reported.
This ruling comes in response to a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Isah Mohammed Ashiru.
The PDP had raised significant concerns about the fairness and integrity of the election, leading to a thorough investigation by the tribunal.
Uba Sani reacts to Kaduna tribunal's verdict
In a swift reaction and what could be described as a confusing development, Uba Sani took to his Facebook page and shared proof that his election victory was not cancelled.
He stated thus:
"I am extremely delighted and humbled by the ruling of the Election Petition Tribunal affirming my victory in the 2023 Kaduna State Governorship Elections.
"The judgement is an unequivocal affirmation of the popular mandate graciously given to me by the good people of Kaduna State.
"I commend the Tribunal for their thoroughness and lucidity. They have enriched our jurisprudence and practice of electoral democracy."
Daily Trust further confirmed that the Kaduna state tribunal has upheld the victory of Governor Sani.
Read Governor Uba Sani's full statement below as he confirmed his election victory was upheld by the Kaduna tribunal on Thursday, September 28.
"How PDP witness proved I won": Governor Uba Sani reveals
Legit.ng also reported that Uba claimed a PDP witness corroborated evidence that he was the actual winner of the March 18 governorship election while attempting to challenge his victory.
The stated this in his final address to the election tribunal through his legal team led by Chief Bayo Ojo, a former attorney general of the federation and minister of justice.
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