The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, has expressed his reaction to being declared the winner of the Plateau South Senatorial election by the Appeal Court. Currently out of the country, Lalong described the news as fantastic, emphasizing that it signifies a victory for democracy and the people.
The three-man panel of the Appeal Court, led by Justice Williams Daudu, upheld the decision of the Tribunal regarding the election’s outcome. This ruling affirmed the victory of Lalong, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and dismissed Senator Napoleon Bali of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who had been initially declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The Tribunal had cited irregularities in the PDP primaries as the basis for ruling in favour of Lalong and the APC, leading to the removal of Bali. The Appeal Court’s decision on Tuesday reaffirmed the Tribunal’s ruling.
In response to the court judgment, Lalong shared his excitement on the X platform, stating, “I just received fantastic news in Geneva! The Court of Appeal confirms my position as Senator for Plateau South Senatorial District. 🙏 A win for democracy, unity, and the people. Let’s work together to bring progress and the #RenewedHopeAgenda to our community and nation.”
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