Election Tribunal : Court Struck Out PDP’s Motion for Recount of Votes
The Election Tribunal sitting at Kaduna today struck out the motion of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate seeking for a recount of votes of the 2019 Governorship election in the state .
Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Ibrahim Bako, who ruled on the motion, said the tribunal has a timeline of only 180 days within which to complete its assignment and would not accommodate the motion seeking for the recount of the votes.
The tribunal also refused the application for amendment of the motion that sought to narrow the votes recount exercise to only 12 local government areas of the state.
It recalled that the motion was brought before the tribunal by the PDP and its governorship candidate in the March 9 election, Alhaji Isa Ashiru.
Mustapha, the counsel to El-Rufai, said that they were ready to defend the re-election of the Governor in the 2019 poll, insisting that the mandate was genuinely given to the governor by the majority of voters in the state.
According to him, the defence would provide all needed documents and evidence to defend the mandate given to El-Rufai before the Tribunal.
Meanwhile, Elisha Kura, Counsel to the PDP, told newsmen that the party would challenge the tribunal’s ruling in the Appeal Court even as the tribunal begins hearing the main petition.
“We are going to study the ruling and we have already had a perception about the case, but it has to be challenged.
“For the Tribunal to say that it has no power to order for a ballot recount is strange because other Tribunals had done it before.
“For them to assume that there is no place in the Electoral Act that there is no specific provision that talks about the recount is strange,“ Kura said.
The counsel said while the party would continue with its petition, it would seek further interpretation of the ruling of the tribunal against the motion for the recount of votes at the Court of Appeal.