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Tribunal strikes out petition filed by PDP, Adokwe against Sen. Al-Makura

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Tribunal strikes out petition filed by PDP, Adokwe against Sen. Al-Makura

The National and State Houses of Assembly Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, on Friday, struck out the petition filed by the the PDP and Sen. Suleiman Adokwe,  challenging the election of Sen Tanko Al-Almakura of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Nassarawa South Senatorial seat.


Nigeria News Agency reports that the election was held on March 9, 2019 across the senatorial district.

Adokwe, a three-term Senator from the state, challenged  the election on account of alleged unlawful declaration of Al-Makura as winner of the poll and claimed that the polls did not comply with provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.

He had also alleged intimidation of voters, unlawful cancellation of votes and malpractice during  the election.

In a unanimous judgment, read by its chairman, Justice David Ugoh, the tribunal held that the petitioner failed to prove that the respondent had  not scored the highest lawful votes at the election .

He held that the petitioner also failed to prove non compliance with the electoral act, how voters were prevented from voting, the illegal cancellation of results and how malpractice were carried out.

Ugoh explained that the petitioner also  failed to provide witnesses from the various polling units to prove the allegations,  instead brought a witness who was not a polling unit agent.

He, therefore, said that the burden of prove lay with the petitioner.

“Hence he failed to prove that, we therefore, uphold the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

Ugoh said that the petition was lacking in merit.

Reacting to the judgment, counsel to the petitioner, Israel Usman, said they were displeased with the judgment and would study it to decide their next line of action.

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