In what is believed as a last-ditch effort to influence the outcome of the Nasarawa State governorship election petition in which the petitioner tendered over 12,676 documentary evidence and was not objected by the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents respectively. The All Progressives Congress (APC) and is now doctoring the voters register in their bid to get the Tribunal manipulated and confused.
It is no longer news that they are planning to present another voters’ register at the Nasarawa State Election Petition Tribunal.
A source, who confirmed the plot, disclosed that attempts to tick and present a subpoenaed witness with a set of fraudulent register is on going at INEC office in Lafia.
As a matter of fact, the Respondents (AA Sule, APC and INEC) during the Prehearing session at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in lafia told the Tribunal that they will rely on the Petitioner’s documents so long as it is from INEC and it is certified.
The first respondent (AA sule) closed its defense on Thursday last week 10th July, 2019 and the second respondent was meant to open their defense but their counsel Matthew Burkaa Esq asked for adjournment to 15th July 2019 to enable them assemble their witnesses.
But to the greatest surprise of everyone, Matthew Buka Esq raised the issue of adjournment to Thursday, while the lead counsel to the first respondent, Wole Olanipekun SAN began to raise issues of extension of time for the remaining two respondents.
The big question is, why are they seeking to tender fresh documents or change the rule of the game at the closing stage of the game. Is APC/INEC trying to arm twist or bend the rules of engagement?
We are calling on the Nasarawa State Governorship Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia not to grant the admission of fresh exhibits which APC seeks to tender.
The Tribunal had informed all parties that no extension of time will be allowed, that Tribunal will sit day to day, hence the Petitioners maximized their days despite the fact that it had more witnesses.
If after 14 days, the Respondents is finding it difficult to defend their case, how many more days do they require to do so?
When INEC was subpoenaed by the Petitioners to produce some documents, they claimed they could not find them, so where are these fresh documents emanating from?
God we ask for Your help
We ask for your intervention
God we ask for Your Hand.
Justice must prevail
From Save Democracy Group, Nasarawa State
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