The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to challenge the Court of Appeal’s ruling, which overturned the removal of Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State,Daily Trust reports.
In the March election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Governor Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner, with a total of 347,209 votes, defeating his closest opponent, who secured 283,016 votes.
However, the tribunal nullified Sule’s victory on October 2, declaring David Ombugadu of the PDP as the winner. In response, Sule, through his counsel Wole Olanipekun (SAN), appealed to the appellate court, arguing that the tribunal disregarded their witnesses’ submissions and did not consider BVAS data as evidence.
On Thursday, a three-member panel of justices unanimously held that the tribunal erred in law, concluding that Sule did not secure the majority of votes. The appellate court overturned the tribunal’s judgment and affirmed Sule’s re-election as Governor of Nasarawa State.
In response, Francis Enokela Orogu, the State Chairman of PDP in Nasarawa, expressed disagreement with the judgment, stating that, after careful consideration and consultation with their legal team, they believe the decision does not align with the facts presented during the tribunal. Orogu announced the party’s intention to file an appeal to the Supreme Court, emphasizing their commitment to upholding the democratic process and ensuring the accurate representation of the people’s will.
He called on supporters to remain calm, expressing confidence in the legal system and optimism that justice will prevail. Orogu acknowledged the support and solidarity of party members, urging them to view the judgment as a temporary setback in the ongoing pursuit of justice for the people of Nasarawa State.