Kaduna: Appeal Court Upholds El-Rufai’s Election

Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State

BEVERLY HILLS, November 07, (THEWILL) – The Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal has upheld the election of Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, as Governor of Kaduna State in the March 9th, 2019 gubernatorial election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier declared El-Rufai as winner of the contest but the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Isah Ashiru, petitioned the election tribunal on the grounds that the election was flawed with massive fraud and irregularities.

They asked the tribunal to cancel a total of 515,951 votes, which they claimed were unlawfully added to the APC as well as 124,210 unlawful votes, which they said were also added to the PDP, through wrong or double entry on the result sheets by INEC.

However, the Tribunal ruled in favour of the governor and the All Progressives Congress (APC) while the PDP and its candidate filed an appeal before the court, challenging the decision of the lower tribunal.

In its ruling, the five-man panel of Appellate court Judges on Thursday unanimously affirmed the decision of the lower tribunal and declared El-Rufai as the truly elected Governor of the state.

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