Sen Adokwe Challenges Al-Makura’s Victory At Tribunal
Senator Suleiman Adokwe, Nasarawa South senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the current Senator representing the zone, has dragged Governor Umaru Al-Makura to the Election Petition Tribunal challenging him as the Senate-elect of the zone.
Counsel to Adokwe, Israel Usman, revealed this to newsmen immediately after filing a petition on behalf of his client in Lafia. According to him, they are challenging the result of the election that declared Al-Makura as the Senator-elect due to alleged electoral fraud that characterised the February 23 election. “The votes of our client in Lafia, Keana, Obi and Doma were illegally cancelled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) just to ensure that Al-Makura wins.
“All the cancellation was illegal therefore we prayed the tribunal to declare it as such and announce our client as the true winner of the election. “If all the cancelled results were return, proper collation were done, our client would have the highest votes in the election,” the counsel added.
He therefore said that if proper collation were done his client would led with more 10, 000 votes. Similarly, Adokwe said that he would not have challenged the result at the tribunal if he were not convinced best on evidence that he won the election. “This is not the first time they are cancelling my votes to give my opponent advantage over me.
“That was the same thing that happened in 2015 and I reclaimed my mandate at the court,” Adokwe added. Meanwhile, secretary of the Tribunal, Bello Mukhtar, who confirmed the receipt of the petition, said that so far the tribunal has received five petitions from different candidates. He added that the closing date for submission of any petition is 21 days from the day declaration was made.