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Election Tribunal sits in Niger State

By IWPR Nigeria






The Niger State Election Petition Tribunal on Monday in Minna ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to present all the documents used in the poll for scrutiny, as it commenced its inaugural sitting on the April governorship election in the state.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Pascal Nnadi granted the candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Alhaji Bako Shetimma, leave to inspect all the polling documents including ballot papers, result sheets, registers, and other documents used or intended for use in the April 26 governorship election in Niger State.

Justice Nnadi also ordered the first respondent (INEC) to deliver all such materials to the petitioners or their agents.

The order was in response to a request made by U. Idachaba, the counsel for the petitioners.

The breakdown of the petitions shows that there are ten House of Assembly petitions from the CPC, the ACN, the ANPP and the PDP while for the senatorial elections, the CPC has two and the PDP filed one.

The governorship candidate of the CPC is challenging the victory of Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of the PDP.