Nigeria/May 15, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/141 views /nigeria Kwara election tribunal commences pre-hearing trialshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelAS the election petition tribunal in Kwara State commenced its pre-hearing trial on Wednesday, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general elections in the state, Razaq Atunwa, has asked the tribunal to order for fresh elections. The Action Alliance (AA) is also challenging the victory of the APC. The counsel to the PDP governorship candidate and the PDP in the state, Kingsley Odeh, said that the winner of the polls, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not qualified to contest the poll. “Our ground was that the second respondent at the time of elections was not qualified. He gave a false certificate to INEC. Second, that he gave false information in aid of his educational qualification. In other words, when such prayers are made, the tribunal will have to nullify the election and order for a fresh election. That’s what we are seeking before the tribunal. We seek for fresh elections because the proper thing is if the second respondent is disqualified, it is to order for fresh elections and not for the petitioner to be sworn in as the rightful winner,” he said. ALSO READ: Buhari accepts Saudi king’s invitation to perform lesser Hajj At the pre-hearing session, meant to adopt petitioners’ answers to the pre-hearing information sheet, applications before the tribunal were filed and adopted. The lead judge in the tribunal, Justice Bassey Effiong, who warned counsel against time-wasting, said that the tribunal would not extend the 14-day period for the pre-hearing trial. Justice Effiong suggested that the petitions be consolidated by the counsels. However, counsel to the INEC, Rowland Otaru SAN, said that the petition cannot be consolidated with that of Action Alliance, saying that each petition should be treated in its own merit. “There are different issues raised in the two petitions and there are different counsels. Otaru, who also argued that the tribunal proceedings would not take longer time than necessary, said that issues raised are documentary and witnesses are few. He also said that the petitioner did not file a reply to INEC pleadings, adding that its a confirmation that INEC pleadings are solid. ALSO READ X-raying lapses of CTP in the North – Tribune OnlineThe tribunal sitting continues on Thursday as it will continue to sit consecutively for 14 working days for the pre-hearing trial before the real trial. Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:nigeria share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous article‘The Parade of Men Will Continue’: Wendy Williams Admits She’s Dating After Giving Husband Kevin Hunter the Bootnext articleTambuwal sets to commission multiple projects before May 29Related Posts443 shares Nigeria/May 26, 2019 /No Comment Why unions are after me, NAN Managing Director opens upNigeria/May 26, 2019 /No Comment Onaiyekan prays against ‘bad advisers’ for Buhari – The Nation NewspaperEmefiele: CBN has no multiple exchange rates – The Nation NewspaperNgige advises states no to delay minimum wage payment – The Nation NewspaperSenate, House ‘rush’ to amend EFCC Act – The Nation NewspaperSupreme Court goofed on Zamfara verdict, APC NWC meets MondayGhanaian varsity offers $40,000 scholarship to UTME best, Ekene – The Nation NewspaperAir Force strikes neutralise scores of bandits in Zamfara – The Nation NewspaperNNPC posts $490.03m export of crude oil, gas – The Nation NewspaperAgenda for incoming governments – The Nation Newspaper Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.