Isah Ashiru, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last election in Kaduna state, on Wednesday, May 15, demanded a recount of the votes cast during the exercise.
Ashiru, who was defeated by Nasir El-Rufai, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made this demand in an application he filed, according to a report by Leadership.
Elisha Kurah, the counsel to Ashiru, reportedly submitted the application to the Justice I M Bako-led tribunal that commenced pre-hearing session in Kaduna.
The report said Justice Bako adjourned the session to May 25, 2019, for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and two other respondents to have time to respond to the PDP’s application that the votes be recounted.
Speaking on the development, Kurah told journalists: “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.
“They were back up by votes in the ballot boxes. 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.”
On his part, the counsel to the PDP, Ibrahim Bawa said he also filed application for some paragraphs of the responses by the respondent to be stroked out for lack of merit.
In a separate reaction, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, who is counsel to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, 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.”
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He said he has a preliminary objection that the petition is not competent adding that the 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.
He said the electoral act is in the governor’s favor and the people of Kaduna had spoken with their votes.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the PDP in Kaduna on Monday, March 11, rejected the results of the state's gubernatorial election which was held on Saturday, March 9.
The opposition party said the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were not the true reflection of the people's votes cast.
The PDP's agent in the state, Jerry Ishaya, while speaking at the Kaduna state collation centre said the party rejects the result in its entirety.
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