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Plateau governor Simon Lalong (image courtesy: State Govt)

The Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State, on Wednesday, upheld the election of Governor Simon Lalong, Concise News reports.

It said the petitioners, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Senator Jeremiah Useni, failed to prove allegations of electoral fraud beyond reasonable doubt.

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This news medium reports that Senator Useni and the PDP had petitioned the court, claiming to be the winner of the poll, having scored the majority of the votes cast.

Useni challenged the re-election of Lalong before the Justice H.A. Salesman-led tribunal, claiming that there were cases of over-voting and vote cancellation in the PDP-dominated areas during the March 2019 election.

Senator Useni also claimed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was wrong to have declared Governor Lalong of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the election.

Reading the judgement, which lasted over four hours, the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Salami, said the petitions against Governor Lalong’s victory were not strong enough to convince the court to upturn the outcome of the March 2019 governorship election in Plateau State.