When the Tribunal hearings begin, four witnesses affirm that PDP’s Ombugadu won in Nasarawa

Jul 27, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

The Nasarawa Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Lafia heard the case brought by Dr David Emmanuel Ombugadu and the PDP against the APC, Governor Abdullahi Sule, and INEC on Tuesday.
After the Tribunal’s subpoena, INEC’s representative submitted new papers during the resumed hearing.

The forms EC8As and polling unit voters registers were certified genuine copies. The papers were allowed as exhibits.

The Petitioners’ 9th witness was Alwazan Polling Unit Code 009’s Polling Unit Agent. The witness stated that PDP won the poll in his unit and published the results on IReV. However, the form EC8B for Sabon Gari Ward of Doma LGA must be calculated.

The petitioners’ 10th witness was the ward collation agent. He told the Tribunal that election results in the specified Polling unit, Alwazan Mada Polling Unit Code 009, under his ward, were not reported in Form EC8B (ward summary) as required by law.

The Petitioners’ Ashige Ward Collation Agent, witness no. 11, testified that elections were conducted in 35 Polling Units (PU) in Ashige Ward, where the Petitioners won, and the results were collated and submitted in Form EC8B as required by law.

In his further testimony, he said the entire Ashige Ward (35 Polling Units) result was strangely and unjustifiably cancelled at the LGA Collation Centre and was not entered into the corresponding form EC8C for Lafia LGA as required by law, thus unlawfully excluded in the Form EC8D in the total computation of votes for the declaration of result.

Throughout their witness depositions, all Petitioner witnesses recognised the election forms and documents previously submitted in evidence.

After hearing four witnesses, the three-person Governorship Election Petition Panel chairman, Ezekiel Ajayi, postponed the Tribunal until Wednesday, July 26, 2023.

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