A Tribunal in Nigeria’s Kaduna State has declared the governorship election inconclusive.
Kaduna State is in Northwest Nigeria and is two hours away from the capital, Abuja.
The petition was filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Isah Mohammed Ashiru, against the incumbent governor, Uba Sani of the All-Progressives Congress (APC).
In a split decision of 2:1, the three-man tribunal panel said that the election was inconclusive and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a supplementary election within 90 days.
The PDP had challenged the election results, alleging irregularities and electoral fraud. The tribunal ruled that INEC must hold a supplementary election in seven wards across four local government areas, covering 24 polling units and 16,300 registered voters.
The PDP and Ashiru had called 24 witnesses and presented evidence to support their case.
The declaration of the Kaduna governorship election as inconclusive is a setback for the APC, which has controlled the state since 2015. It is also a victory for the PDP, which is hoping to regain control of the state in the upcoming supplementary election.