Tri­bunal up­holds La­long’s elec­tion as gover­nor

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Lami Sadiq, Jos

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.

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