Plateau Election Tribunal: APC, PDP Win, UPP Lose



From Yakubu Busari, Jos



The National Election Tribunal on Tuesday has dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, candidate for Pankshi ,Kanam and Kanke Federal Constituency by and upheld the victory of Hon Yusuf Babayo Gagdi of the All Progressive Congress ,APC ,on the grounds that the petitioner failed to prove the allegations of ballot mutilated ,alteration ,over voting and non -compliance to the electoral act .

The Chairman of the Tribunal J .I .Nwoye in her five hours judgment sais all the documents tendered in evidence are more of hearsay from the witnesses presented by the petitioner .

According to the Judge, the petition has exposed the petitioners to an academic exercise as he had failed to identified the polling units in Kanam LGC which made the exercise constituted on hearsay.

Justice Nwoye said since the returning officer didn’t cancelled the election but suspended the exercise until when the re-enforcement of security came to the unit. This according to her is in compliance with the 2010 amended Electoral Act .

In another judgment, the National and State House of Assembly Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State on Tuesday struck out the petition filed by the candidate of the United Progressive Party UPP Sanusi Moh’d Inuwa, challenging the election of Senator Istifanus Dung Gyang of the People Democratic Party PDP as the winner of the Plateau North Senatorial seat.

Delivering judgement, Chairman of the Tribunal Hon. Justice Theophilus N. Nzeogwu held that the petition could not be sustained and struck out the petition on that ground that the petitioner woefully failed to prove his case.

Justice Nzeogwu said: “The petitioner failed to prove his petition because he did not tender any document to show that he was indeed validly nominated to contest for the Plateau North Senatorial District”.

The UPP, had earlier informed the tribunal that Inuwa was nominated for Plateau South Senatorial District and not Plateau North Senatorial District as he claimed

The National Secretary of the UPP was subpoena to the Tribunal where he testified that the UPP sponsored the petitioner for Plateau South and not Plateau North as seen in the certified true copy of the form UPP submitted to INEC.

The Tribunal however proceeded to dismiss the petition of Inuwa, said the petitioner has woefully failed to prove his case.

In his response, the defence counsel, Barrister Niri Darong said it was a welcome development, noting that they have proved that the petitioner has no case against his client.

The Petitioners’ counsel, Barr George O. Izere said that the beauty of the matter is that the petitioner has ventilated his grievances and the court has decided.

Senator ID Gyang who is the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence in the 9th NASS while reacting on the judgement said he owed his victory to God and dedicate it to the people who are the owners of the mandate.

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