APC Vs. PDP: Tribunal Declares Lalong, Tinubu’s Minister as Winner of Senatorial Election

The National and State Petition Election Tribunal sitting in Jos has sacked the senator representing Plateau South, Napoleon Bali, and consequently declared Simon Lalong as the winner.

Lalong, the immediate past governor of Plateau was appointed by President Bola Tinubu as Minister of Labour.

Lalong was also the Director-General of Tinubu/Shettima Campaign for the 2023 presidential election.

Bali contested the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Lalong ran under the All Progressive Congress (APC).

The tribunal also sacked Peter Gyendeng as member representing Barikin Ladi/ Riyom federal constituency of the House of Representatives and declared Fom Dalyop of the Labour Party (LP) who became second in the February 25 general elections in the state, as winner.

In their separate rulings, Justice Omaka Elekwo and Justice Muhammad Tukur nullified the election of the two PDP candidates because of the party’s refusal to respect the order of a Jos High court to conduct ward congresses before the last general elections.

The judge said the evidence presented by the APC and LP candidates were relevant and admissible.

Consequently, Bali of the PDP was sacked by the Tribunal

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