JUST IN: Appeal Court Affirms El-Rufai’s Election as Kaduna Governor

The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna State has upheld the election of Mr Nasir El-Rufai as the duly elected governor of the state.

The appellate court also upheld the judgement of the election tribunal which affirmed El-Rufai of the All Progressive Congress as the winner of the election.

In a unanimous judgement delivered by Justice Olumuyiwa Aburu, the appellate court upheld the judgement of the tribunal which dismissed the petition of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Isah Ashiru for lacking in merit.

The upper court aligns itself with the tribunal judgment which said that the PDP candidate was unable to prove his allegations of massive rigging and other electoral irregularities against Governor El-Rufai.

The PDP and its candidate had after the March 9 governorship election, filed a petition before the tribunal, and asked it to declare him 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, even as it noted that the petitioner did not present any factual evidence to prove INEC wrong in returning El-Rufai of the APC as duly elected.

It, however, dismissed the petitioner’s suit challenging the governorship election for lacking in merit.

However, not happy with the tribunal’s judgment, the PDP and its candidate, Isah Ashiru filed a petition at the Appeal court asking it to dismiss the lower court judgment and declare them the rightful winner of the election.

The Appeal court after looking into the prayers sought by the appellants, however, dismissed the petition for lacking in merit, and also affirmed El-Rufai as duly elected Governor of Kaduna state.

The judgement of the appeal court has therefore put to rest all legal fireworks and controversies surrounding the March 9 governorship election in Kaduna state.