Mister Sani Yahaya of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), who was contesting the election of Kefas Agbu, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as Governor of Taraba State, had his appeal rejected by the Abuja Court of Appeal.
Since Agbu did not receive the majority of valid votes cast, Yahaya and his party contested the March 18 governorship election, claiming that it did not comply with the Electoral Act.
On Tuesday, however, the appeal court ruled that the NNPP candidate’s requests for relief were contradictory, since he had sought to have the election results declared as his own while simultaneously criticising the results for being in violation of the Electoral Act.
Following the Tribunal’s September 30 verdict, the court unanimously rejected the NNPP’s appeal as meritless.
Yahaya received 202,277 votes in the March 18 governorship election, while Governor Agbu received 257,926.
Petitioners have challenged PDP and Kefas Agbu’s victory in court, claiming that the election had violated the Electoral Act of 2022 due to issues like overvoting, damaged results sheets, and violence at certain polling places.