Taraba Governorship Tribunal Admits 10 APC Witnesses

Aisha AlhassanThe Taraba Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Friday admitted 10 APC party agents as witnesses on oath.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the party agents appeared as witnesses in a suit filed by the APC Governorship Candidate, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, who is seeking to nullify the election of Gov. Darius Ishaku of PDP.
Justice Musa Abubakar, the tribunal Chairman, at the resumed hearing, admitted the 10 witnesses presented by Mr. Mahmud Abubakar (SAN), Counsel for the petitioner, and adjourned to August 22, for continuation of hearing.
However, the witnesses were examined by Abubakar (SAN), counsel for Alhassan, Kanu Agabi (SAN), counsel for Ishaku; Solo Akuma (SAN), counsel for PDP, and Abayomi Akanmode, counsel for INEC.
The 10 witnesses are Haruna Ahmed, Yinusa Ahmed, Yohanna Calvin, Riman Tsokwa, Idris Ayuba, Akanta Chinda, Adamu Mohammed, Jinadu Suleiman, Aminu Aliyu and Ahmed Usman.
The agents told the tribunal that they presided over polling units at Takum, Lau and Ibi local government areas of the state.
They all affirmed on oath that there were irregularities in the April 11 governorship poll in Taraba.
According to the 10 witnesses, they had submitted a written complain to the Registry at Jalingo on May 15.
Mr. Haruna Ahmed, from Kofar Dogo ward in Takum, said he refused to sign polling unit result sheets because they were ‘partially mutilated’, ‘squeezed’ and in ‘dirty forms’.
“The election at my polling unit was not properly conducted going by the result I saw on the INEC EC8A forms; they were marred with over voting”, said the witness.
Ahmed also told the tribunal that the accreditation of voters was done by INEC manually and with the card reader machine.

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