The Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna state has affirmed the judgment of the Election Tribunal that Nasir El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was duly elected as the state governor by lawful votes in the 2019 governorship election.
Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Isa Ashiru, and his party had asked the tribunal to cancel a total of 515,951 votes, which they claimed were unlawfully added to the APC as well as 124,210 unlawful votes, which they said were also added to the PDP, through wrong or double entry on the result sheets by INEC.
The three-member tribunal held that the petitioners did not provide substantial evidence to support their petition.
However, the petitioners approached the appellate court to set aside the judgment of the tribunal but the court dismissed the appeal on Thursday.
The court noted that the PDP candidate did not provide enough evidence to prove his case.
The five-man panel of the court unanimously upheld the decision of the tribunal.