Just in: Tribunal upholds election of 2 SDP lawmakers, Hon Onarigu, Hon Saidu Gude in Nasarawa ***as Lawmakers laud tribunal, dedicate victory to God, constituents

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By David Okpashi

LAFIA — The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, has affirmed the election of Hon David Onah Onarigu as duly elected member representing Udege/ Loko constituency at the Nasarawa State House of State.

The tribunal also upheld the election of Hon Musa Saidu Gude as the duly elected member of Uke/ Karshi state constituency for the March 18, 2023 Election.

The three member panel led by Justice Francisca Isong Nnang in a separate judgements today in Lafia which lasted for about two hours each dismissed their petitions for lacking in merits.

The candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party, for Udege/Loko constituency, (NNPP) Hon Ahmed Tanko and his party had challenged Kana’s victory at the tribunal.

The candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) for Uke/Karshi constituency, Hon Abdulrasheed Haruna and his party also challenged Gude’s victory at the tribunal.

The petitioners asked the tribunal to nullify the election over non proper inclusion of their party logo as well as non compliance to the electoral act in the conduct of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the exercise.

The judge said that the NNPP candidates, failed to substantially proof their cases, hereby dismissed the cases in its entirety.

” The court is hereby dismissed the case in its entirety,” the judge said.

In an interview, Hon David Onah Onarigu, member representing Udege/ Loko constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has dedicated his victory at the tribunal to God and to the people of the constituency.

” I want to thank God for this victory at tribunal again. This has affirmed the mandate given to me by the people of Udege/ Loko constituency on March 18th election,” he said .

The lawmaker promised to provide more dividends of democracy to the people of the constituency.

Also Speaking, Hon Musa Saidu Gude, member representing Uke/Karshi constituency appreciated God for the victory at the tribunal.

He also thanked the people of his constituency for their prayers and support while promising not to fail them in discharging his duties.

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