INEC Disowns Taraba State PDP Governorship Primary For April 11, 2015 Poll; Says ‘We Did Not Supervise It’

Hajia Aida Alhassan
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday [Aug. 13] said it did not supervise the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries that produced candidates for April 11 2015 governorship poll in the state.

Testifying before the Taraba State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja the electoral umpire claimed that the PDP primary election was conducted in violation of provision of the law which mandated INEC to be present, to supervise and observe the conduct of the poll.

Counsel to PDP, Solomon Akuma, a senior advocate, however countered the claims and tendered document to show that a primary was conducted that produced Darius Ishaku as the party’s governorship candidate in that election.

Four witnesses testified at the hearing. An INEC staff and witness to one of the petitioners Aminu Idris told the tribunal while giving evidence that none of the INEC official was in attendance.

The President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bilkachuwa, had directed some election petitions tribunal in some states, including Taraba, to relocate to Abuja over security concerns. The tribunal had rejected INEC’s request for the tribunal to relocate to the Taraba state capital, Jalingo, to continue its proceedings.

Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Musa Abubakar, in his ruling, dismissed INEC’s objection to the tribunal’s jurisdiction to sit in Abuja and hear a petition.

Hajia Aida Alhassan of the  All Progressives Congress is challenging the election of PDP candidate in the April poll.

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