The Court of Appeal in Kaduna State has upheld Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s victory, reaffirming him as the duly elected governor of the state.
The three-man panel of judges, led by Justice Olumuyiwa Aburu on Thursday, reached a unanimous judgment as the appellate court upheld the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal.
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Isah Ashiru, had accused Governor El-Rufai of influencing the results in the March 9 poll but the tribunal had dismissed the petition based on the fact that it was lacking in merit and evidence.
The PDP and its candidate had filed a petition before the tribunal and asked for Ashiru to be declared as the winner of the election, having scored the highest number of votes cast. But the tribunal ruled that the petitioner was unable to provide substantial evidence to prove his allegations.
According to close sources monitoring the case, the petitioner, Isah Ashiru, did not present any evidence to prove the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wrong in returning El-Rufai as duly elected.