The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has affirmed the election of Uba Sani of the All Progressives Congress as the governor of Kaduna State.
The appeal court in a unanimous decision on Friday, overturned the decision of the Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which had earlier ordered a supplementary election in 22 polling units across four local government areas of the state.
It would be recalled that the judgement of the tribunal had been based on allegations of electoral malpractices levelled against the governor, which included vote deduction, ballot box stuffing, and mutilation of sensitive electoral materials.
The appeal court in its decision, discovered that the allegations levelled at the governor were frivolous and not supported by credible evidence.
However, the appeal court in its judgment, held that the key witness presented by the Peoples Democratic Party had provided hearsay evidence as he was not present when the alleged malpractices occurred.
The court further held that the PDP and its candidate, Isa Ashiru, had abandoned their petition by failing to apply for the issuance of a pre-hearing information sheet, as mandated by the Electoral Act 2022.
It would be recalled that Ashiru and the PDP had approached the appellate court, seeking the court to set aside the judgement of the Kaduna State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which had earlier affirmed the election of Governor Uba, who was declared as the winner of the March 18 Governorship election in the state.