The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Isah Ashiru, on Tuesday, filed an application seeking for a recount of the votes cast during the March 9 governorship polls.
The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 general elections, Isah Ashiru on Tuesday submitted an application praying for a recount of the votes.
The counsel to Ashiru, Elisha Kurah (SAN), while submitting an application to the Justice I. M Bako-led tribunal that commenced pre-hearing session in Kaduna.
Kurah while speaking with newsmen shortly after the adjournment of the session urged the tribunal to order INEC for the recount of the votes cast.
He disclosed that
“We filed an application requesting to recount the votes cast during the election.
“It is very crucial as we are alleging which is supported by the evidence we have that most of the results declared were phantom votes.
“They were back up by votes in the ballot boxes. So we want a complete recount of the votes cast in the governorship election.
“We are expecting that the results would show that the PDP actually won the election.
“But votes were just inflicted randomly just to make the APC have the semblance of winning.”
Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), another counsel to the opposition party while speaking with newsmen stated that he also filed an application seeking that certain paragraphs of the respondents’ responses to ”our application be struck out for lack of merit.”
In other news Abdulhakeem Mustapha, Counsel to the State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai in another interview with journalist stated that
“The petitioners of the PDP and its candidate, Isa Ashiru have four highly contentious applications.
“And we intend to oppose the applications on their merit. And the tribunal has given us a new date for us to come and argue the applications. So, the matter is adjourned for hearing of all the pending applications.
“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.”
“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 concluded.
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