Nasarawa Gov Election: PDP rejects Appeal Court’s judgment

The Peoples Democratic Party in Nasarawa State has expressed dissatisfaction with the Thursday judgment of the Court of Appeal affirming the victory of the state governor, Abdullahi Sule.

The state election petition tribunal, led by Justice Ezekiel Ajayi in a split judgment had sacked Sule, declaring David Ombugadu of the PDP the winner of the governorship election.

But Sule appealed the judgment and asked the appellate court to set aside the tribunal’s verdict.

The appeal court on Thursday allowed the appeal and affirmed Sule as the winner of the governorship election in the state.

Reacting to the judgment on Thursday, the state chairman of the party, Francis Orogu, in a statement noted that the appellate court verdict does not align with the facts presented during the tribunal proceeding.

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The statement read, “The PDP in Nasarawa State, after careful consideration and consultation with our legal team, expresses profound disagreement with the judgment of the Court of Appeal that invalidated the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal, which sacked Governor AA Sule and declared our candidate, Dr David Ombugadu, as the duly elected governor.

“While we respect the judiciary and the rule of law, we firmly believe that the decision by the Court of Appeal does not align with the facts presented during the tribunal proceedings. Our legal team has identified significant grounds for appeal that we believe warrant a review of the judgment by the Supreme Court. ”

The party chairman stated that the PDP would seek redress at the apex court, adding that he believed justice would prevail at the end of the day.

“Our party will be filing an appeal to the Supreme Court seeking a fair and thorough review of the judgement of the Court of Appeal. We have confidence in the legal system and are optimistic that justice will prevail.

“The PDP in Nasarawa State remains committed to upholding the democratic process and ensuring that the voice of the people is accurately represented. We continue to assert that the election results, as initially determined by the election tribunal, are a true reflection of the will of the people of Nasarawa State, “the statement added.

He urged party faithful, and the general public to remain calm and maintain confidence in the democratic institutions and the judicial system of the country.

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