Simon Lalong, the former Governor of Plateau State, has been officially announced as the winner of the Plateau South Senatorial District election that took place on February 25th. The announcement was made following a verdict delivered by the National and State Petition Election Tribunal in Jos on Monday.
Lalong, who had previously served as the Director-General of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign, was one of seven governors who faced defeat in their senatorial bids during the election. The tribunal decision saw the removal of the incumbent senator representing Plateau South, Napoleon Bali, and proclaimed Lalong as the rightful winner of the seat.
Napoleon Bali had contested the election under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while Simon Lalong was the candidate representing the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Furthermore, the tribunal also ruled in favor of the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Fom Dalyop, who had come second in the February 25th general election. The tribunal ousted Peter Gyendeng, who had been serving as the member representing Barikin Ladi/Riyom federal constituency in the House of Representatives.
The legal proceedings leading to these decisions were driven by Justice Omaka Elekwo and Justice Muhammad Tukur. They justified their rulings by pointing to the PDP’s failure to adhere to a court order issued by a Jos High Court, which had required the party to conduct ward congresses before the last general election. Consequently, the tribunal deemed the evidence provided by the APC and LP candidates to be both relevant and admissible in reaching their verdicts.