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Supreme Court affirms Idris as Kebbi governor


Supreme Court affirms Idris as Kebbi governor

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has affirmed the election of Nasir Idris as the Governor of Kebbi State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the state election inconclusive following cancellation and overvoting in some Local Government Areas.

The electoral commission on April 15 conducted a supplementary election with, Idris, candidate of the All Progressives Congress, who scored 409,225 votes to beat Aminu Bande of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 360,940 votes.

Not satisfied with the outcome of the election, Bande approached the tribunal.

He alleged that there was over-voting in some polling units and that Idris was not qualified to contest the election.

The tribunal deducted 1,735 votes from APC while over 900 votes were also subtracted from PDP’s results.

The deduction, however, did not affect the election of Idris.

Displeased with the judgement, Bande approached the court of appeal, but the appellate court affirmed the governor’s election.

Bande took the appeal further to the apex court.

Delivering the judgement, the court held that the appeal lacked merit and was subsequently dismissed.

Also, other appeals in the matter were equally dismissed.

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