In a landmark decision today, the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kaduna State handed down a stunning verdict, sacking Governor Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The tribunal’s ruling has sent shockwaves through the state’s political landscape, declaring the 2023 governorship election inconclusive due to alleged irregularities.
The Judgement was delivered by a formidable 3-man panel led by Justice Victor Oviawe. The verdict was announced via Zoom after the judges shunned the physical hall.
The tribunal’s verdict mandates a rerun of the election in a specific set of areas, specifically 24 polling units spread across seven wards in four local governments. These areas collectively comprise 16,300 registered voters who will have the opportunity to cast their ballots once again.
The ruling follows a painstaking legal battle instigated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Isah Mohammed Ashiru. The PDP, deeply dissatisfied with the outcome of the 2023 governorship election, filed a petition challenging the victory of Governor Uba Sani.
PDP’ contested the election on the grounds of alleged irregularities and electoral fraud. The party vehemently asserted that Isa Mohammed Ashiru, their candidate, should have been declared the rightful winner of the gubernatorial race, arguing that the alleged irregularities marred the electoral process.
This unexpected turn of events has ignited fresh tensions and excitement among political stakeholders and residents of Kaduna State. As the state braces itself for the upcoming rerun, all eyes will be on the political campaigns, candidates, and the electoral process to determine the fate of its leadership in the coming days.