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Yobe South-Senatorial district: Petitioner tenders voting materials

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The petitioner had dragged Sen.Ibrahim Bomoi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) before the tribunal, alleging massive irregularities during the Yobe South Senatorial District election held on Feb. 23.

The irregularities the petitioner specifically mentioned in his petition are over voting, allocation of votes, cancellation of some valid votes and allegation that card reader machine were not use in some polling unit in the four local governments that constitute Yobe South.

The petitioner had tendered all the election materials through Mr Dahiru Kondu and Mr Uba Onu who are staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that election materials that were tendered before the tribunal included the Voters’ register, result sheets, card readers print out and forms such as EC8A1, EC8B1 and EC8A2 respectively.

NAN reports that all the materials tendered before the tribunal were all marked as exhibits.

The petitioner is argued that based on the irregularities perceived during the election, Bomoi (respondent) did not secure the majority number of the lawful vote cast during the election.

He is equally praying the tribunal as part of the reliefs sought to declare him as the winner of the election for Yobe South Senatorial District.

The tribunal had earlier ruled in favour of the petitioner in an application filed by him seeking the leave of the tribunal to file additional witness statement to prove the allegation in his petition.

The tribunal however overruled the respondent who argued that the petitioner cannot at this stage of hearing of the petition brings in another document on the ground that the law permit such idea if the document is genuine.

Ruling on the application, the tribunal said that the petitioner was only seeking to adduce evidence in addition to fact that has already been pleaded before it, and that the tribunal has no choice than to grant such application.

Meanwhile, the application for extension of time to file such evidences was struck out

NAN reports that the petitioner had on Monday, called three witnesses and five others on Tuesday.

After listening to the petitioner, Justice Susan Oji adjourned until Thursday for continuation of hearing

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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