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Supreme Court upholds Kaduna, Kebbi govs election victories

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In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Isah Ashiru, challenging the election victory of Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State.

The apex court affirmed the judgments of the lower courts, including the tribunal and the court of appeal, which had previously upheld Uba Sani’s win in the March 2023 governorship election.

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The judgment is unanimous, and no cost is awarded.

This affirmation solidifies the legitimacy of Governor Uba Sani’s victory, following a series of legal challenges.

In a separate ruling, the Supreme Court also affirmed the election of Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State.

The court’s decision upheld the electoral process despite initial challenges that led to the declaration of the state election as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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Governor Nasir Idris, who contested under the All Progressives Congress, emerged victorious in the supplementary election held on April 15, securing 409,225 votes against the Peoples Democratic Party candidate Aminu Bande’s 360,940 votes.

Despite the allegations of over-voting and challenges to Idris’s qualification, the tribunal and the court of appeal had previously affirmed the governor’s election.

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The Supreme Court, in delivering its judgment, declared that the appeal lacked merit and subsequently dismissed it, along with other related appeals in the matter.

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