The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division, on Thursday affirmed Senator Kaka Shehu Lawan of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the February 25, 2023, senatorial election for the Borno Central senatorial seat.
The court held that the appellants, Barrister Mohammed Kumalia, and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, were unable to prove their case before the court to warrant the nullification of the election.
The three-man panel of justices, led by Hon. Justice Abraham Georgewill, assisted by Folashade Ojo and Peter Obiora therefore upheld the declaration of Senator Lawan as the duly elected senator representing the Borno Central senatorial district.
The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Maiduguri on Friday, September 8, 2023, had also dismissed the appellant’s petitions and affirmed the election victory of Lawan.
Lawan scored one hundred and thirty-five thousand and forty-three, 135,043, while Kumalia scored 63,338 votes.
Dissatisfied with the outcome, Barrister Kumalia and his party sought the nullification of the election, alleging that the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission was marred with irregularities.
Addressing journalists in Maiduguri on the outcome of the verdict on Thursday, Lawan expressed satisfaction with the judgement.
He asked his opponent (Kumalia) to retire from politics and desist from engaging in failed petitions.
The PUNCH could not immediately get Barrister Kumalia for his comments.