By HILARY Y. KASMI
The Court of Appeal sitting in Jos, Plateau State, last Friday affirmed the victory of Governor Simon Lalong in the state governorship election held on March 9.
THE NIGERIA STANDARD reports that the court dismissed the appeal filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Jeremiah Useni, challenging the governor’s victory in the election for lack of merit.
The state election petitions tribunal had also validated Lalong’s victory over the petitioners’ inability to prove their allegation of non-compliance with the Electoral Act and votes manipulation against the respondents.
In same vein, the Court of Appeal, Jos Division, also last Friday, has affirmed the victory of Governor Bala Mohammed and dismissed the All Progressives Congress and its candidate, former Governor Mohammed Abubakar’s appeal challenging his victory as the duly elected governor of Bauchi State.
Our correspondent reports that among the respondents in the case were Lalong, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).