Appeal Court upholds Lalong’s re-election, dismisses Useni’s petition

The Court of Appeal in Jos on Friday affirmed the reelection of Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Governor of Plateau State.

In a unanimous decision read by Justice O.A. Otisi, the court dismissed the appeal by Jeremiah Useni of the Peoples Democratic Party and upheld the judgment of the Plateau State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal which had validated Mr Lalong’s victory in the March governorship election.

The appellate court also held that Mr Lalong has the educational qualification to contest in the election.

Mr Useni, a former senator, had challenged the declaration of Mr Lalong as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

The PDP candidate had in his petition alleged that the election was not conducted in…

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