By Kemmigbola • 9 days ago • 84 views • 14 comments

The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 general elections in Kaduna State, Isah Ashiru, on Tuesday filed an application seeking a recount of the votes cast during the March 9 poll.

The governorship candidate and his party alleged that most of the results declared after the election were phantom votes , hence the call for votes ’ recount .

Ashiru ’ s counsel , Elisha Kurah (SAN) , submitted the application to the Justice I. M . Bako- led tribunal that commenced pre - hearing session on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Justice Bako, however , adjourned the session till May 25 to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission and two other respondents in the petition time to respond to the PDP ’ s application on votes ’ recount .

Kurah, who spoke to journalists shortly after adjournment of the session , urged the Tribunal to order INEC for the recount of the votes cast during the governorship election .

“ We filed an application requesting to recount the votes cast during the election .

“ It is very crucial, as we are alleging , which is supported by the evidence we have that most of the results declared were phantom votes .

“ So , we want a complete recount of the votes cast in the governorship election .

“ We are expecting that the results would show that the PDP actually won the election .

“ But votes were just inflicted randomly just to make the APC have the semblance of winning , ” Kurah said .

Counsel to PDP , Ibrahim Bawa (SAN) , told newsmen that he also filed application seeking that certain paragraphs of the respondents ’ responses to his client ’ s application be struck out for lack of merit.

Meanwhile , Abdulhakeem Mustapha, counsel to Governor Nasir El - Rufai , in a separate interview with newsmen said “ the petitioners of the PDP and its candidate , Isa Ashiru , have four highly contentious applications .

“ And we intend to oppose the applications on their merit. And the tribunal has given us a new date for us to come and argue the applications . So , the matter is adjourned for hearing of all the pending applications .

“ We have a preliminary objection that the petition is not competent. They (PDP and Ashiru ) have an application that they want the tribunal to direct that the ballots be counted one after the other in open court, and we intend to oppose those applications . “

Mustapha added : “The Electoral Act is in our favour ; the Kaduna people have spoken, they picked Malam El -Rufai and nothing is going to change that .

“ We are here to defend the mandate the people have given to the governor .

“ We intend to convince the tribunal that the petition lacks merit and it should be dismissed . 

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