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Plateau south Senatorial: Tribunal reserves judgment

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The Plateau National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday reserved judgment in a petition filed by Mr Peter David of the PDP challenging  the election of

Sen. Ignatius Longjan of the APC, representing Plateau South in the Senate.

The tribunal, which made the declaration after listening to the parties in the matter said that the day of the judgment would be communicated to them.

The tribunal Chairman, Justice J.I. Nwoye, said that the judgment date would be communicated to them.

Nwoye thanked the all the parties involved in the matter for their cooperation and support to the tribunal in its onerous task of doing justice to all matters before it.

Earlier, adopting his final written addresses, Longjan, through his lead counsel,  Mr Sunday Obende, asked the Tribunal to dismiss David’s petition for lacking in merit.

Obende argued that the petitioners have woefully failed to prove the allegations of election malpractices and non compliance with provisions of electoral Act that occurred during the elections.

“This petition has not been proved by any of the evidences laid before this honorable tribunal tenor show that the election was conducted in non compliance with the electoral Act.

“More so, the the three witnesses they brought, PW3,  PW5 and PW10, didn’t state the correct polling units where the alleged irregularities took place and so their evidences are inadmissible nor of any value and so should be discarded.

“We therefore urge your Lordship to dismiss this petition for lack of merit,” Obende pleaded.

Mr N.I. Idoko, Counsel to INEC, had described PDP’s Petition as “incompetent” haven claimed that the petitioners have failed to prove all the allegations they raised against the commission’ conduct of the Feb. 23 elections.

But Counsel to David and PDP, Mr Eric Duniya, disagreed with the submissions of the defence.

He said that the election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the electoral Act.

“Looking at the volume of evidences we laid before this honorable tribunal, it is clear that we have succeeded in proving elections malpractices and non compliance with with the provisions of the electoral Act.

“We wish to urged your Lordships to discontinuance the arguments raised by the respondents counsels and find and hold that election conducted by INEC was marred by irregularities, which substantially affected its conduct,” Duniya pleaded.

Later, responding on behalf of the counsel, Obende equally expressed appreciation to the tribunal penal for their patience with their flaws and inadequacies right from pre-hearing to adoption of written addresses.

He wished the tribunal more of God’s divine grace and wisdom to do justice to “all that presented before you as our arguments.”

TYC/SH

Edited by Sadiya Hamza

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