Some agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at this year’s Taraba governorship election, who testified on oath on Thursday before the Taraba State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja, claimed that Gov. Darius Ishaku of the PDP was not validly elected.
The Street Journal recalls that APC governorship candidate, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, had approached the tribunal with a petition seeking to nullify the election of Gov. Darius Ishaku.
At Thursday’s resumed sitting of the tribunal, the witnesses testified as APC agents at various electoral wards from Bali Local Government Area of the state, who said they filed their witness statements on oath on May 15 in Jalingo, the state capital.
A witness, Mr Tahiru Yusuf, told the tribunal that the election was not credible because of the incidences of over voting at his ward in Suntai.
Another witness, Mr Hassan Abubakar, said he saw massive over-voting in his polling unit and urged the tribunal to carefully look at the code of conduct at the polls.
One of the witnesses, Mr Mohammed Umar, claimed that the APC candidate, Alhassan did not lose the election and Governor Dickson did not win the polls either.
Another witness, Mr Ismaila Bawari, from Kanmata Ward, said that INEC should be held responsible for the poor conduct of the polls which, he alleged, was fraught with electoral malpractices.
Mr Mahmud Magaji, SAN, counsel to Alhassan, told the tribunal that he was still expecting 20 more witnesses on their way from Jalingo to Abuja to testify, but were held back at Lokoja.
All the witnesses were examined by the counsel to parties in the petition, namely: Magaji for Alhassan, Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), counsel to Ishaku, Mr Solo Akuma (SAN), counsel to PDP and Mr Abayomi Akanmode, counsel to INEC.
The tribunal Chairman, Justice Musa Abubakar, after listening to all the witness testimonies, adjourned to Aug. 21 for further hearing of more witness testimonies.