Agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday told the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that the April 11 election was fraught with many irregularities at the polls.
The agents were testifying as witnesses in the petition filed by the APC Governorship Candidate, Sen. Aisha Alhassan, against the election of Gov. Darius Ishaku of the PDP.
The Street Journal recalls that Alhassan had approached the Tribunal seeking to nullify the election of Ishaku, and joined APC as co-petitioners, with PDP and INEC as co-respondents.
At Tuesday’s resumed sitting of the tribunal slated for the hearing of witnesses’ testimonies, the APC agents were all examined by the counsel to all the parties.
They include Mr Mahmud Magaji (SAN), counsel to the Alhassan; Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), counsel to Ishaku; Mr Solo Akuma (SAN), counsel to PDP and Mr Abayomi Akanmode, counsel to INEC.
In his testimony, one of the agents, Mr Murtala Bantaje, told the tribunal that he refused to sign the result sheets because he discovered that the total number of votes recorded in his polling unit exceeded the number of accredited voters.
Similarly, another witness, Mr Lawal Umar, said he witnessed gross irregularities in his polling unit and reported it to INEC and his ward chairman.
Another witness, Mr Salisu Labaran, said, though the election went peacefully, he did not accept the results on the result sheet because of the malpractice he witnessed at the election.
Also, Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, a witness, in his testimony, alleged that there was massive over-voting, as the number of voters recorded in the result sheets exceeded the number of accredited persons during the accreditation.
The witnesses all testified as APC agents from polling units in Bantaje Electoral Ward in Wukari Local Government Area of the state, who filed their petitions since May 15 in Jalingo, the state capital.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Musa Abubakar, after listening to the submissions of the agents, adjourned till Aug. 19, for further hearing.