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Tribunal Reserves Judgement On Nasarawa State Governorship Dispute 

The Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State has reserved judgement on the petition challenging the outcome of 2023 governorship polls in the state.

Mr David Ombugadu, governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is challenging the declaration of Gov. Abdullahi Sule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the 2023 governorship polls.

The sitting of Thursday Sept. 14 was slated for the adoption of final written addresses by counsels to the petitioner as well as the first, second and third respondents. 

The Chairman of the three-man Governorship Election Petition Panel, Ezekiel Ajayi, reserved the judgement after counsels to the petitioner and respondents adopted their final written addresses.

The Chairman therefore, said that the tribunal would communicate the parties through their counsels on the day the judgement would be delivered.

Earlier, Kanu Agabi (SAN), lead-counsel to the petitioner told the tribunal that he has adopted all the argument in his written address.

The petitioner’s counsel urged the tribunal to annul the Nasarawa State governorship election for non compliance with the electoral act and declare the candidate of PDP as the real winner of the election.

Agabi also explained that there was no relationship between the votes in the IREV and the final result that was declared.

The petitioner’s counsel argued that the PDP candidate had the highest number of votes casted at the election, based on the records in the IREV and the information of the BVAS machines that were used at various polling units in the state.

On their parts, counsels to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), APC, and Gov. Sule, Isiaka Dikko (SAN), Hassan Liman (SAN) and Messrs Wole Olanikpekun (SAN) respectively, adopted their final written addresses and called on the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.

Counsel to APC, Olanikpekun also argued that the petitioner had dumped BVAS machines and IREV records at the tribunal without showing the what was contained in the records.

He said that the petitioner only presented the records in the IREV and BVAS machines to the tribunal without displaying them for everyone at the tribunal to see.

He therefore, said that the petitioner had failed to prove anything and urged the tribunal to dismiss the petition.  (NAN).


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