Appeal Court To Announce Verdict Today In Nasarawa State Gubernatorial Dispute

The Abuja-based Appeal Court is scheduled to deliver its judgement today in the ongoing dispute over the Nasarawa State governorship election.
Governor Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lodged an appeal against the tribunal’s decision, which had nullified his victory and declared David Ombugadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the rightful winner of the election.
Despite the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) initially declaring Sule the victor with 347,209 votes against Ombugadu’s 283,016, the tribunal ruled in favor of Ombugadu in a split decision on October 2.
Governor Sule, represented by his counsel Wole Olanipekun (SAN), contested the tribunal’s judgment, alleging that witness submissions were overlooked and BVAS data were not properly considered.
Olanipekun argued that the tribunal failed to give due consideration to the evidence presented and merely treated the BVAS data as unanalyzed material.
In response, Kanu Agabi, representing Ombugadu and the PDP, urged the court to reject the appeal, emphasizing that their evidence was presented in a documentary form.
 Agabi countered the BVAS argument, asserting that the tribunal had thoroughly examined the evidence, citing the detailed breakdown provided in their judgement.
The appeal court, after reserving judgement, is poised to reveal its decision on the Nasarawa State gubernatorial dispute today.
Ada Peter
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