Appeal court rejects NNPP’s petition, upholds Kefas Agbu as Taraba governor

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Appeal court rejects NNPP's petition, upholds Kefas Agbu as Taraba governor
Appeal court rejects NNPP's petition, upholds Kefas Agbu as Taraba governor

In a recent judgment, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has confirmed Kefas Agbu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, as the duly elected governor of Taraba state.

Justice Peter Affen, delivering the lead judgment, dismissed the appeal filed by Muhammad Yahaya and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), citing its defective nature.

The court pointed out that the appellants had submitted an incomplete record of appeal, rendering it ineligible for consideration.

During the election, Agbu secured 257,926 votes, defeating Yahaya, who garnered 202,277 votes.

Following their loss, Yahaya and the NNPP contested the result, alleging non-compliance with the Electoral Act and asserting that Agbu did not secure the majority of lawful votes.

However, the tribunal, led by G.A Sunmonu, ruled in favor of Agbu, stating that the petitioners failed to substantiate their claims.

Undeterred, the NNPP and its candidate appealed the tribunal’s decision, which the Court of Appeal has now dismissed for lacking merit.”