By: Valentine Adese, Alfred Saiki and Ifeanyi Oknokwo
The hearing of the petition, No: EPT/PL/SHA/1/2016, filed by Hon. Mwansat Caleb of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the victory of Hon. Gideon Dashe of the All Progressive Congress (APC) continues tomorrow, the 3rd of May, 2016, at the Tribunal.
It is expected on the hearing of 3rd May, that Hon. Gideon Dashe will continue calling his witnesses to make his case.
You would recall that this paper had reported that, Hon. Mwansat Istifanus Caleb, has closed his case in petition.
Before closing his case, REALITY had reported that, Hon. Caleb and the PDP, tendered 8 documents through the bar, which they had earlier applied for from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). These documents included a letter written to the Election Officer in INEC dated 20/2/2016, from one Ogbonna Chijindu.
REALITY also reported that, under cross examination at the hearing, Hon Mwansat, told the Tribunal that he is aware that he wrote two witness statements, one dated 9th March, 2016 and the additional one on the 4th April, 2016.
He told the Tribunal that he was returned as the winner of the Pankshin South State Constituency election in 2015 because he scored 9,841 votes, as shown in exhibit 6 before the Tribunal.
With respect to Pyabor polling unit, Hon. Mwnsat stated that when he took his complaint to INEC, he was told that the Presiding Officer had already written a report, which is exhibit P4.
According to Hon. Caleb, his case partly includes the issue of the Permanent Voting Card (PVC), as he is relying on all the documents tendered.
Under further cross examination, Hon Mwansat had said, “It is true that in the election of 2015, Pyabor polling unit was cancelled. The cancellation was because there were three (3) different results from the polling unit.
“On the day of the rerun election, I did not ask how many voters had their PVCs because, the answer has already been provided for at the stakeholders meeting we had with INEC on 10th February, 2016. I also know that registration of voters and continuous distribution of PVCs is within a time frame before any election.
“I did not participate in the distribution of PVCs and I am not a registered voter in Pyabor polling unit.”