The National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal in Minna has upturned the result of the Niger East Senatorial by-election which gave the victory to Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and handed the victory to Barrister David Umaru of All Progressives Congress (APC).
The by-election was concluded on the 6th of September, 2014.
Chairman of the 3-man tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako gave the verdict in a judgment that lasted for hours.
Justice Bako said that APC candidate returned with 79,779 votes as against Dr. Shem Zagbayi Nuhu’s 68,525 votes.
Umaru of APC had petitioned the tribunal challenging the declaration of Nuhu of PDP by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the winner of the by-election.
With this judgment, APC now has two Senators from the state – Niger East and Niger North Senatorial districts while PDP has one – Niger South Senatorial. [myad]