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The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal convened in Kaduna has officially declared the 2023 governorship election within Kaduna state as inconclusive. In a decision marked by a split vote of 2:1 during its recent session on Thursday, the tribunal ruled in favor of declaring the election inconclusive and mandated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election within a 90-day timeframe.
This three-member panel, presided over by Justice Victor Oviawe, subsequently ordered a re-run of the election in 24 polling units situated across seven wards spanning four local governments, encompassing a total of 16,300 registered voters.
Notably, the tribunal announced its verdict via the Zoom platform, with the judges opting for a virtual session rather than convening in a physical courtroom.
It is important to recall that the election petition was initially filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Isah Mohammed Ashiru. PDP’s Ashiru has been challenging the election of Uba Sani as the Governor of Kaduna State, citing alleged irregularities and electoral fraud as grounds for contesting the election results and asserting that their candidate, Isa Mohammed Ashiru, emerged as the true winner of the election.