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Nasarawa Gov. rejects tribunal judgement, appeals to supreme court

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state has announced that he will appeal the majority decision of the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal in Lafia, which nullified his declaration as the winner of the March 18 poll.

This was said by the governor on Monday in Lafia in response to the tribunal’s skewed decision.

He stated that the judgement was a temporary setback that they would use to rethink their strategy and emerge stronger.

“I still remain the governor till Supreme Court decides otherwise because the law allows me to appeal and we will do that to reclaim our mandate,” Sule stated.

The governor urged his followers to remain calm and refrain from taking the law into their own hands through street protests.

He warned APC youngsters and sympathisers not to reply to the opposition, especially on social media.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the tribunal invalidated the election of Gov. Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and recognised Mr David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the genuine owner of the election in a split judgement.

The majority judgement was read out by the tribunal’s Chairman, Justice Ezekiel Ajayi, according to NAN.

Justice Chiemelie Onaga, a panel member, agreed with the panel chairman’s lead judgement.

Justice Ibrahim Mashi delivered the only dissenting opinion, dismissing the suit brought by the PDP candidate and upholding the INEC’s declaration of the governor.

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