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Minister of Labour and Employment Declared Winner in Plateau South Senatorial Election Petition

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Minister of Labour and Employment Declared Winner in Plateau South Senatorial Election Petition
The National and State Petition Election Tribunal sitting in Jos has declared Simon Lalong as the winner of the Plateau South Senatorial Election. The tribunal sacked Senator Napoleon Bali of the PDP who was previously declared the winner by INEC. In another ruling, the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal set aside the election victory of Peter Gyengdeng and declared Fom Chollom as the validly elected representative for Barkin/Riyom Federal Constituency.

The National and State Petition Election Tribunal, sitting in Jos, has made a significant judgment regarding the Plateau South Senatorial Election. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, has been declared as the winner. This ruling comes after the tribunal sacked Senator Napoleon Bali of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who was initially declared the winner of the February 25 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The development has triggered mixed reactions amongst political stakeholders in Plateau state. While supporters of Lalong rejoice over the tribunal's verdict, there is disappointment in the PDP camp. The decision has undoubtedly altered the political landscape of Plateau South Senatorial district. Simon Lalong's victory will undoubtedly consolidate his political influence in the region and broaden his platform for implementing developmental projects.

In a separate ruling, the National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, also sitting in Jos, nullified the election victory of Peter Gyengdeng as the lawmaker representing Barkin/Riyom Federal Constituency in Plateau state. The tribunal declared Fom Chollom of the Labour Party (LP) as the validly elected representative for the federal constituency. This ruling is expected to bring a significant shift in political representation within the constituency.

Meanwhile, in a move impacting the national level, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu sent a supplementary list of 19 ministerial nominees to the Nigerian Senate. Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to President Tinubu, submitted the list to Senate President Godswill Akpabio. This submission further strengthens the administration's commitment to ensuring competent leadership in various sectors of governance.

With these developments, Plateau politics and the national political landscape continue to witness significant changes and shifts in representation. The outcomes of these elections and nominations will undoubtedly shape the direction and policies undertaken by those in power.

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