THE Court of appeal in Abuja has dismissed Sani Yahaya’s (NNPP) appeal contesting the election of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) nominee, Kefas Agbu, as Governor of Taraba state.
Yahaya and his party have disputed the March 18 governorship election result on the grounds of noncompliance with the Electoral Act, stating that Agbu did not receive the majority of lawfully cast ballots.
However, in its decision today, the appeal court concluded that the reliefs NNPP candidate was requesting were inconsistent, having faulted the outcome of the elections on grounds of non-compliance with the Electoral Act while urging the Court to declare him the winner of the same election.
In a unanimous verdict, the court dismissed the NNPP’s appeal for lack of merit, as did the Tribunal on September 30.
Governor Agbu received 257,926 votes in the March 18 Governorship Election, defeating Yahaya, who received 202,277 votes.
The petitioners had filed a petition challenging the PDP’s and its candidate, Kefas Agbu’s, victory on the grounds of noncompliance with the requirements of the Electoral Act 2022, citing overvoting, mutilation of results sheets, and violence in some polling units.