Governor Nasir El Rufai
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) within the 2019 normal elections, Isah Ashiru, on Tuesday, filed an software searching for for a recount of the votes solid in the course of the March 9 governorship polls.
Ashiru’s counsel, Elisha Kurah (SAN), submitted the appliance to the Justice I. M Bako-led tribunal that commenced pre-hearing session in Kaduna.
Justice Bako, nonetheless, adjourned the session to Could 25 to permit the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) and the 2 different respondents within the petition time to answer the PDP’s software on votes recount.
Kurah who spoke to journalists shortly after the adjournment of the session urged the tribunal to order INEC for the recount of the votes solid.
He defined, “We filed an software requesting to recount the votes solid in the course of the election.
“It is extremely essential as we’re alleging which is supported by the proof we’ve got that many of the outcomes declared had been phantom votes.
“They had been again up by votes within the poll packing containers. So we wish an entire recount of the votes solid within the governorship election.
“We expect that the outcomes would present that the PDP truly received the election.
“But votes were just inflicted randomly just to make the APC have the semblance of winning.”
Counsel to PDP, Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), instructed newsmen that he additionally filed an software searching for that sure paragraphs of the respondents’ responses to ”our software be struck out for lack of benefit.”
In the meantime, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, Counsel to Gov Nasiru El-Rufai in a separate interview with newsmen mentioned, “The petitioners of the PDP and its candidate, Isa Ashiru have 4 extremely contentious functions.
“And we intend to oppose the functions on their benefit. And the tribunal has given us a brand new date for us to come back and argue the functions. So, the matter is adjourned for listening to of all of the pending functions.
“We have a preliminary objection that the petition is not competent. They (PDP and Ashiru) have an application that they want the tribunal to direct that the ballots be counted one after the other in open court, and we intend to oppose those applications.”
In accordance with him, the Electoral Act is in our favour, the Kaduna folks have spoken. They picked Mal. El-Rufai and nothing goes to vary that.
“We are here to defend the mandate the people have given to the governor. We intend to convince the tribunal that the petition lacks merit and it should be dismissed,” Mustapha mentioned.