The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Nasarawa State has queried the amount of votes allocated to Governor Sule of the APC in the last election.
In a statement by Ibrahim Hamza, Public Relations Officer of the PDP, Nasarawa State, the party respects the right of Gov. Sule to appeal the tribunal judgement, which nullified his declaration as governor of the state and declared David Ombugadu as the lawful winner.
The party, however, emphasized the need to clarify reasons for the appeal, especially, as it concerns the alleged discrepancies in the votes counted.
As firm believers in our democratic process, we respect the right of AA Sule to appeal the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which nullified his declaration as Governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission and returned Dr. David Ombugadu as the duly elected governor of Nasarawa State.
“Whereas AA Sule celebrated and accepted the declaration by INEC that he won the Nasarawa Governorship election with 347,209 votes, he is now banking on the Minority Judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal, which gave him 295,402 votes as the basis for his appeal.
“It will be recalled that INEC in March 2023 claimed that AA Sule won the governorship election with 347,209 votes and it allocated 283,016 votes to Dr. Ombugadu of the PDP.
But in his Minority Judgement, Justice Ibrahim I. Mashi ruled that AA Sule scored only 295,402 votes as against the inflated votes of 347,209 freely given to him by INEC. The same Minority Judgement said Dr. Ombugadu scored 291, 603 as against the suppressed votes of 283,016 allocated to him by INEC,” Ibrahim noted.
The PRO questioned where INEC got the 51,897 votes they allocated to Gov. Sule to declare him governor of the state going by the minority judgement.
He alleged that Governor Sule was distancing himself from the initial 48,008 votes given to him by INEC which declared him winner and telling the whole world he won the election with just 3,799 and no longer with 51,807 which he had accepted and celebrated.