Kogi: Tri­bunal up­holds Rep Lawal’s elec­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The Na­tional Assem­bly Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal sit­ting in Lokoja, Kogi State, has up­held the elec­tion of Al­haji Lawal Mo­hammed Idrisu, an All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Ajaokuta Fed­eral Con­stituency in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Mr Aloy­sius Okino, the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) can­di­date in the March 28 Na­tional Assem­bly elec­tion, had gone to the tri­bunal to chal­lenge Mo­hammed’s elec­tion on the ground that that he (Mo­hammed) pre­sented forged doc­u­ments to the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC).

De­liv­er­ing her judg­ment yesterday, the tri­bunal chair­man, Jus­tice Akon Ikpeme, held that the pe­ti­tioner was not able to prove his case be­yond rea­son­able doubt. He sub­se­quently dis­missed the pe­ti­tion.

Re­act­ing to the judge­ment, Rep Lawal said he ded­i­cated his vic­tory to the peo­ple of Ajaokuta who gave him the man­date, say­ing that the tri­bunal had re­con­firmed their ‘rous­ing sup­port’.

Al­haji Mo­hammed, who spoke through his media aide, Mr Isa Itopa, urged the pe­ti­tioner, Mr Okino, to join hands with him to move Ajaokuta for­ward.

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