•Also sacks Gyendeng, confirms Dalyop for House of Reps
Former Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has been officially declared the victor of the Plateau South Senatorial District election held on February 25. Prior to this, Lalong served as the Director-General of Tinubu/Shettima Campaign.
He was also among the seven governors that failed to secure a win in their respective senatorial bids. The National and State Election Petition Tribunal, in its Monday sitting in Jos, removed Napoleon Bali, the previous senator representing Plateau South, officially announcing Lalong as the winner. Bali, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lost against Lalong who ran under the All Progressive Congress (APC).
In a similar development, the tribunal replaced Peter Gyendeng of Barikin Ladi/ Riyom Federal constituency with Fom Dalyop of the Labour Party (LP) as the representative in the House of Representatives.
This ruling was made based on the February 25 general election results. Both Justice Omaka Elekwo and Justice Muhammad Tukur invalidated the elections for the two PDP candidates accusing the party of defiance to a Jos High court order requiring ward congresses to be conducted before the last general elections.
Both judges affirmed that the evidence provided by the APC and LP candidates was valid and permissible.