Kaduna: Appeal Court affirms Uba Sani’s election as Governor  

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, has declared Governor Uba Sani, of Kaduna State, as validly elected governor during the March 18 election.

The appellate court affirmed the judgement of the State Election Petitions Tribunal, which earlier dismissed the petition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Isa Ashiru, against the election of Governor Sani.

The court held that the Tribunal was right in dismissing the petition of the PDP and Ashiru because the petitioners abandoned their petition for their failure to apply for issuance of pre-hearing information sheet after close of pleadings as required by paragraph 18(1) of the first scheduled to the Electoral Act, 2022.

The court, however, held that the Tribunal acted in error when it depended on inadmissible evidence to order the conduct of supplementary polls in 22 polling units of four local government areas (LGAs) of the State where the exercise was deemed inconclusive.

The court stated that a key witness called by the PDP during the Tribunal hearing merely gave hearsay evidence, as he was not present when the malpractices he alleged happened.

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