Tribunal upholds Lalong’s election as governor
The Governorship Election Petition tribunal sitting in Jos, Plateau State capital, yesterday upheld Simon Bako Lalong’s election as governor of the state. Lalong, who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Gyang Pwajok, in the April election.
But Pwajok approached the tribunal, challenging the ruling. Delivering judgment, chairman of the tribunal, Justice Johnson Candide, dismissed the petition filed by the PDP candidate for lack of merit.
The Justice Candide led tribunal said the petitioner failed to prove his case that the election that produced Governor Lalong was characterised by electoral malpractices. The tribunal noted that the petitioners witnesses (PW1-10) were unreliable and had contradicted themselves while on cross examination.
Justice Candide said the petitioners presented “documentary evidence on hearsay” which he described as unreliable, adding that it could not disregard the judgement of the Appeal Court which ordered the tribunal not to recognize the evidence of the petitioners witness PW 15.
Justice Candide therefore held that since the petitioners failed to prove their allegations, the petition was dismissed for lacking in merit and ordered the petitioners to pay a fine of N50,000 to each of the respondents.