In a recent court ruling, Nentawe Goshwe, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, has been declared the rightful winner of the March 18 governorship election. The court ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue a new Certificate of Return to Goshwe. This decision marks one of several instances where courts have overturned election results, affecting the political landscape.
Governors Sacked: Recent Legal Battles Alter Political Landscape
Within nine months of elections, courts have overturned the results of at least three governors. Abba Kabir Yusuf, Abdullahi Sule, and Dauda Lawal have faced legal challenges resulting in the nullification of their elections. The courts cited various grounds, including invalid votes, discrepancies in vote counting, and failure to comply with electoral laws. The repercussions of these decisions are reshaping the leadership dynamics in their respective states.
Zamfara Governorship Election Declared Inconclusive: Dauda Lawal’s Victory Challenged
The Court of Appeal recently declared the Zamfara State governorship election inconclusive, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct new elections in two local governments. The case was filed by the incumbent governor, Bello Matawalle, contesting the victory of Dauda Lawal of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). The court found Lawal’s election invalid, prompting further legal reviews and potential political shifts in the state.
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