Breaking: Appeal Court Declares Tinubu's Minister, Lalong Winner of Plateau South Senatorial Election | #NwokeukwuMasot


 Simon Lalong 

The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday upheld the judgment of the tribunal which declared the Minister of Labour, Simon Lalong winner of the Plateau South Senatorial election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had declared Napoleon Bali of the Peoples Democratic Party winner of the election with 148,844 votes, while Lalong scored 91, 674 to come second in the February 25 elections.

But Lalong asked the tribunal to nullify Bali’s election on the grounds that the PDP did not have a proper party structure and, therefore, could not file candidates for the elections.

The tribunal, in a unanimous judgment read by Justice Muhammad Tukur, said the PDP, having no structure, lacked the right to have taken part in the election.

The tribunal held that the votes scored by  Bali in the February 25, 2023, general elections were wasted votes.

Bali approached the appeal court, asking the court to set aside the judgment.

The three-man panel of the Appeal Court led by Justice Elfrieda Williams-Dawodu,  held that the matter was both a pre and post-election matter,  adding that the tribunal was correct to have looked at the issue.


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