Borno Tribunal Reserves Judgment in Petition Against Ndume
The Borno State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja has reserved to a later date judgment in the petition challenging the election of Senator Ali Ndume as senator for Borno South Senatorial District.
Justice Peter Kekemeke fixed the date after listening to the final addresses by lawyers in the matter on Tuesday.
Kudla Satumari of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had alleged that the election of February 23 was conducted in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended) and Regulations and Guidelines and Manual for Election Official, 2019.
APC polled 300, 636 votes as against 86, 934 votes by the PDP in the polls which held in the nine local governments of Chibok, Damboa, Askira/Uba, Biu, Bayo, Kwaya-Kusar, Shani, Hawul, and Gwoza.
But in his submission, counsel to Ndume, Marcel Oru asked the Tribunal to dismiss the petition for being unproved. He added that over 50,000 documents brought by the petitioners were dumped on the Tribunal which he said can only do the work of an adjudicator and not investigator.
Also, counsel to APC, Yusuf Ali (SAN) asked the Tribunal to dismiss the petition for being incompetent, and should be “given a decent burial.”
He said the 14 witnesses summoned to testified were mainly supervisors and not polling unit agents, and therefore their evidence on irregularities were based on hearsay.
“There are 1,305 polling units in the senatorial district, the petitioners are challenging only 119 polling units. Even if all the 100,000 votes in the 119 polling units are given to them, they still have a deficit of 200,000 votes,” he said.