Tuesday, 3 May 2016

PANKSHIN SOUTH RERUN PETITION: THE PLATEAU STATE DEPUTY GOVERNOR WAS AT THE RERUN POLLING UNIT, WITNESS TELLS TRIBUNAL, AS HON. DASHE CLOSES CASE



By: Valentine Adese and Ifeanyi Okonkwo

The candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the rerun election in Pankshin South State Constituency and now member represent the Constituency in the Plateau State House of Assembly, Hon. Gideon Dashe has closed his case in the Petition filed by Hon. Mwansat Istifanus Caleb and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, challenging his victory, after tendering 10 documents and calling four witnesses and dispensing with one .


At the resumed hearing today at the Tribunal, the INEC Director of Operation Mr. Kayode Oladimeji, who was subpoena to appear, was dispensed with as the issue requiring his evidence does not fall within his schedule of duties and office.


Documents tendered by Hon. Dashe today before closing his case, include Certified True Copies of: form EC8A1 for Pyabor polling unit for 2015 election, form EC8B1 for Chip Registration Area, EC8C1 for 12th April, 2015, EC8E1 for 12th April, 2015. The Petition filed by Mwansat, EPT/PL/SHA/9/2016, Respondents Reply for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, the CTC of the Judgment in appeal No. CA/J/EPT/SHA/8/2015 and Voters Registration for Pyabor. In all, 10 exhibits were entered by the Tribunal. 

Among the witnesses called by Dahes include Mr. Dabit Joseph, Mr. D Godfrey, James Damang, and Mr. Ephraim.

However, the Tribunal has been told by the witness called by the APC that the Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Prof. Sunny Tyoden, was at Pyabor polling unit on the day of the rerun even though he is not part of the unit.

Mr. Galilee Samuel, told the Tribunal under cross examination by F.O. Shuaibu (Esq) Counsel to the petitioners that, “on the day of the election, the deputy governor of the state was at the polling unit. He is a member of the APC.”

When asked further, whether, the APC chairman of the state Hon. Letep Dabang was there too, he said, “I did not see the chairman!”

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