By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna.
The lead counsel to Hon. Isa Ashiru, the gubernatorial candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 18, 2023 governorship elections, Oluwole Iyamu (SAN), has disclosed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has failed to produced all certifified copies of the result sheets.
Upon this, the three-man panel of the tribunal handling the case between Hon. Isa Ashiru of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Governor of Kaduna state, Dr. Uba Sani, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), adjourned the case till 4th July, 2023.
The counsel to the petitioners further argued that it will be
untidy and not proper to tender them (evidences) in piece meal format, and therefore it is better to go back and extract those forms from the INEC.
“As you are aware the documents required for the pursuit of the petition largely are result sheets and other processes available only in the official custody of INEC, which is also a party to this suit.
“We have applied for certified copies of all the forms, particularly the result sheets of all the polling units from the begining to the end, so that we can take our case in a manner in which is proper.
“Nothing is wrong with the case, it is just a matter of ensuring that things are done properly.
“We have asked for those documents and we are believing we shall get them, INEC is a public authority.”
Meanwhile, the lead counsel to the 2nd respondent, Gov. Uba Sani, Chief Duro Adeleye (SAN), while addressing newsmen explained that the petitioners’ counsel sought for adjournment for them to put their documents in order, this is because they had issues with their documents.