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Tribunal Frowns At INEC For Disobeying Order

Solomon Attah

The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State has expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.

The tribunal frowned at the commission for outrightly disobeying it’s order to allow consels of the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) inspect election materials.

Abba Mohammed, Chairman of the Tribunal who expressed dismay at INEC during the pre-hearing session in Lafia yesterday.

He howevered, re-directed INEC to allow the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and it’s governorship candidate Musa Nagogo to inspect the materials used in the March 9th governorship election.

According to him, since the tribunal discovered that counsels are yet to complete examination and exchange of documents, the sitting is adjorned to Saturday May 18 to enable them complete all pre-hearing session.

The Chairman therefore said that INEC should ensure implementation of its order before the next adjorn date.

Earlier, Mohammed Adamu, Counsel to Nagogo told the Tribunal that his client was denied access to materials used during the election despite an order from the tribunal.

He therefore appealed that the tribunal should compel INEC to obey it’s order.

On his part, Ibrahim Adamu, counsel to INEC had promised to advise his client appropriately on the order of the tribunal.

Musa Nagogo of the PDM, the petitioner, is challenging the conduct of 2019 governorship election for allege ommision of his name and the logo of his party ballot in the March 9 election.


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