Taraba State: Tribunal Upholds Kefas’ Election as Governor 


The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jalingo, the state capital, has upheld the election of Agbu Kefas of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor of the state.

The three-man panel headed by Justice Ayo Sunmonu on Saturday dismissed the petition filed by the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and its governorship candidate, Prof. Yahaya Sani, on grounds of lack of sufficient evidence.

Sunmonu dismissed the petition, stating that the petitioners failed to justify the relief they sought.

“The petitioner failed to prove his ground that the governor was not duly elected and, therefore, the petition lacked merit,” he said.

Mr Sam Adda, the counsel to the governor, applauded the judgement:

“It is a landmark judgment.”

The NNPP and its gubernatorial candidate had filed a petition before the tribunal seeking for the cancellation of the election, alleging that it was characterized by irregularities.

The other relief sought by the NNPP was for the tribunal to order a fresh election in the state.

Apart from the alleged irregularities, the party also alleged non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2022 as a major reason, among others, for the demand for the cancellation of the election.





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