The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and former governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has been recognized as the legitimate winner of the Plateau South senatorial district by the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal, which is situated in Jos, Plateau State.

Justice Mahmoud Tukur, the panel’s chairman, ruled that the votes cast for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Napoleon Bali in the February 25 election were squandered since he was invalidly nominated.

The unanimous Monday decision concluded that the PDP had no legitimate organization in the state at the time of the nomination.

The panel decided that the petitioners could not verify the charges of overvoting and non-compliance with electoral regulations.

Similarly, the PDP lost the Barkin-Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency seat to Labour Party (LP) candidate Dalyop Chollom.

The tribunal ruled that Peter Gyenden of the PDP was not validly nominated at the time of his nomination due to his party’s lack of a valid structure in the state.


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