The election petition tribunal for national and state houses of assembly in Jos, the capital of Plateau State, has voided the election victories of four Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in the National Assembly.
The decision was made unanimously by a three-member panel led by Justice Mohammed Tukur, who ruled that the PDP candidates were improperly nominated due to a lack of party structure in the state.
The affected lawmakers are Peter Gyendeng, representing Barkin-Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency; Musa Bagos, representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency; Beni Lar, representing Langtang North/Langtang South Federal Constituency; and Napoleon Bali, representing Plateau South Senatorial District.
The beneficiaries of the tribunal’s decision are Fom Dalyop and Ajang Alfred Iliya of the Labour Party for Barkin-Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency and Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency; Vincent Bulus Venman of the APC for Langtang North/Langtang South Federal Constituency; and Simon Lalong for the Plateau South Senatorial Seat.
The PDP in the state has expressed discontent with the tribunal’s ruling, which contradicts a previous decision by another panel handling national assembly election petitions.
However, the counsels representing both petitioners and respondents have differing opinions regarding the PDP’s perspective on the panel’s ruling.”