- PDP and David Ombugadu seek fresh Guber poll in Nasarawa
The Nasarawa chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the 2019 Governorship election, David Ombugadu, have prayed the Election Petition Tribunal in the northern state, to order a fresh election in the state.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the PDP candidate is challenging the result of the March 9 Governorship Election, in which INEC returned Abdullahi Sule of the APC, as the governor.
While adopting his final written addresses, Wale Olanikpekun (SAN), the counsel for the PDP, alleged that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), did not comply with the accreditation requirements in more than 90 percent of the polling units in the state.
The counsel for the PDP said that his clients had tendered certified true copies of voter registers to the tribunal, adding that,
“the total votes that returned the governor did not tally with the number of accredited voters”
“If there is no compliance with the accreditation process, the law says that the election is invalid and should be declared as such.
“The election conducted on March 9 in Nasarawa state has not complied with the accreditation process, that is what we are holding on to.
“We want the tribunal to declare the election invalid and order a fresh election in the state,” he said.
On the other hand, Hassan Liman and Adebayo Adelogun, representing the APC and Sule, adopted their final argument, urging the tribunal to dismiss the petition for lacking in merit.
Liman and Adelogun argued that the petitioners’ claims against the accreditation process were merely a figment of their imagination.
After listening to all arguments in the suit, Justice Abba Mohammed, the Chairman of the tribunal, reserved judgment in the matter.
“The tribunal will communicate to all the parties in the petition the day the judgment will be delivered,” Mohammed said.