The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kaduna has declared the 2023 governorship election in Kaduna state inconclusive.
In a split decision of 2:1, the tribunal ordered a supplementary election to be held in 24 polling units in seven wards of four local governments, with 16,300 registered voters.
The verdict was announced via Zoom after the judges shunned the physical hall.
The petition was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Isah Mohammed Ashiru. PDP’s Ashiru is challenging the election of Uba Sani as the Governor of Kaduna State on the grounds of alleged irregularities and electoral fraud.
The tribunal’s decision is a setback for Sani, who was declared the election winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The supplementary election is expected to hold within 90 days.
The outcome of the supplementary election will be closely watched, as it could determine who governs Kaduna State for the next four years.