Plateau Central Senatorial District: Tribunal fixes Aug.1 for adoption of addresses

The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Jos has fixed Aug. 1, for adoption of final written addresses by parties in the Plateau Central Senatorial District National Assembly election of March 9.

NAN reports that Mr David Paradang of the Peoples Democratic Party is challenging the declaration of Mr Hezekiah Dimka of All Progressives Congress (APC) by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the duly elected senator for Plateau Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly election of March 9.

NAN also reports that Paradang was former Immigration boss.

Dimka, a retired Commissioner of Police, through his counsel, Mr Johnson Usman, called his subpoenaed only witness, Evangelist Samuel Mbok, APC’s Returning Officer for Central Senatorial District, who testified on some discrepancies in some results of some wards.

Mr Sunday Oyawole, Counsel to Paradang, had asked the defence witness some questions inside and outside his statement on oath while cross-examining him and some stalling revelations were made.

“Defence witness, look at exhibit R2A (Form EC8A1 for Takai II polling unit), tell this tribunal the entries as per the ballot papers INEC issued to that polling unit there?” Oyawole asked Mbok, and he answered, “856 ballot papers.”

“How many of ballots papers were unused? And he answered, “747 ballots”

When Oyawole asked him to give the figure of total votes cast in that same polling unit and he said, “837 votes.”

Oyawole, who also cross examined the witness on his testimony that National Assembly elections was credible and didn’t receive any complaint from Collation Officers from the five local government areas, “  Mbok swallowed his words as some discrepancies were pointed out’’.

One of such discrepancies was the cancellation of the result of Sabon-lay Polling Unit in Jom Ward in Kanam Local Government.

“Look at exhibit P113, confirm to this tribunal that is INEC report on Jom ward in Kanam? And answered,”yes, it is.

“What is the remark stated in that report?” Oyawole further asked and he answered, “over voting.”

“My Lord, that will be all for this witness, Oyawole stated.

Usman, who didn’t recross-examined his witness, said, “that’s all for our witness and with that, we humbly wish to close our defence.”

“All we will be asking is a date from the tribunal for us, all the counsels to come and present and adopt our various final written addresses’’, he pleaded.

Earlier, Mr Bibuwo Nabena, INEC lead Counsel, had tendered eight CTC documents, which were accepted and marked as exhibit R1A – R1H by the Tribunal.

Also, Mr Sunday Obende, lead Counsel to APC, had tendered two documents, which were also accepted and marked as exhibit R2A and R2B.

Oyawole had used one of Obende’s documents, particularly exhibit R2A, and cross-examined Mbok and stalling revelation that followed. (NAN)

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