Breaking: Split judgements in Kaduna uphold Sani’s election, orders rerun


The Kaduna State Gubernatorial Election Petition Tribunal has upheld the election of Governor Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while dismissing the petition filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate, Hon. Isah Ashiru Kudan.

The judgment, which took five and half hours, saw the three-man panel of judges led by Justice Victor Oviawie, Justice K. Damlat and Justice N. Nonye, struck out the petition because the preliminary notice was filed out of time, after the seven days prescribed by the constitution, and was deemed to have been abandoned.

Giving a split judgment, Justice Victor Oviawie said the preliminary notice was filed outside the seven days prescribed by the constitution from the day when the main case was filed, adding that the petition was deemed to be abandoned and this judgment was also towed by Justice N. Nonye, while Justice K. Damlat differed, noting in his own verdict that the preliminary notice was properly filed and was not abandoned.

Another aspect of the split judgement declared that the governorship election was inconclusive.

More to come…