Kebbi Guber: PDP loses legal battle, fails to sack Gov Idris at Supreme Court


The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its governorship candidate, Aminu Bande, on Friday failed in their bid to remove Nasir Idris of the All progressives Congress, APC, as the elected Governor of Kebbi State.

The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision dismissed the appeal filed by PDP and Bande against Idris’s election.

Justice Uwani Musa Aba-Aji delivered the lead judgment, dismissing all issues raised against the outcome of the March 18, 2023 gpvernorship election by PDP and its candidate.

The Supreme Court held that the allegations of forgery of testimonial brought against the deputy governor of the state, Abubakar Tafida, was not established as required by law.

Justice Aba-Aji also held that the issues of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act in the conduct of the election failed because the appellants failed to prove how the allegations substantially affected the outcome of the poll.


The apex court affirmed the judgment of the Kebbi State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, delivered on 5th October, 2023, and that of the Court of Appeal, in holding that Idris was duly elected.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared the March 18th, 2023 Kebbi gubernatorial election inconclusive owing to “massive vote cancellation and over-voting” in 20 of the 21 LGAs in the state.

The commission later fixed 15th April, 2023, for a supplementary election.

At the end of the exercise, Idris, the candidate of the APC, scored 409,225 votes to beat Bande of the PDP, who got 360,940 votes.

Bande and his party rejected the result and filed a petition before the Tribunal.

In the petition, the petitioners alleged that there was over-voting in some polling units and that Idris was not qualified to contest the poll.

They also alleged that the deputy governor had submitted a fake secondary school testimonial to INEC.

However, in the judgment, Justice Ofem Ofem, the chairman of the tribunal, held that the petitioners failed to prove beyond doubt that the third respondent (deputy governor) presented a fake certificate to INEC.

Justice Ofem added that the evidence presented showed that the testimonial in question was duly signed and issued to him by the then principal of Sultan Abubakar College, Sokoto, in 1982.

The tribunal chairman described the documents presented by the petitioners as “iron cast evidence” saying, “we state categorically that the third respondent did not forge certificate”.

On the issue of over-voting, Justice Ofem said out of the 59 polling units being questioned, irregularities were discovered in nine.

He, however, held that the deduction of the votes would not affect the margin between the election winner and the first runner-up.

The judge added that there was no substantial evidence to prove over-voting and irregularities in other polling units.

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