Nasarawa: Update on how tribunal sacks Gov Sule
By Faith Awa Maji
The Nasarawa Governorship Election Tribunal in its Judgment delivered today 2nd October, 2023 nullified the election of Alhaji Audu Sule and declared Rt. Hon. David Emmanuel Ombugadu of PDP as the duly elected Governor of Nasarawa State in the election held on 18th March, 2023.
The Tribunal in its Judgment delivered virtually held that the Petitioners duly proved their Petition before the Honourable Tribunal.
It may be recalled that Dr. Ombugadu and PDP approached the Tribunal contending amongst others that his actual votes were unjustifiably reduced while that of Alhaji Sule and APC was increased to aid Sule to victory particularly in the forms EC8Bs of Gayam and Chiroma Wards of Lafia LGA.
The Tribunal in its well considered decision deducted the incorrect votes added to Alhaji Sule and accordingly added back the votes which were unjustifiably reduced from the overall votes of Dr. David Ombugadu which were all apparent on the certified copies of the polling units results (forms EC8A) tendered by the Petitioners.
Worthy of note is that the Respondents did not produce any contrary set of forms EC8As throughout the trial.
In the final analysis, the Tribunal held that the Petition had merit and accordingly granted the reliefs sought by the Petitioners. In particular, the Tribunal ordered that the certificate of return issued to Alhaji Sule should be withdrawn and issued to Rt. Hon. Dr. David Emmanuel Ombugadu as the validly elected Governor of Nasarawa State.