- A PDP senatorial candidate, Alhaji Abdurahman Abdulrazaq, has sued INEC for manipulating election
- Abdulrasaq accused INEC of manipulating the 2015 senatorial election in favour of APC candidate, Bukola Saraki
- He is asking the court to compel INEC to prosecute an agent to Saraki during the collation of the results of the 2015 election
The Peoples Democratic Party candidate for the Kwara central senatorial district election, Alhaji Abdurahman Abdulrazaq, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the Federal High Court in Abuja for allegedly manipulating the 2015 election in favour of the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Bukola Saraki.
Abdulrazaq is praying the court to compel INEC to prosecute an agent to Saraki during the collation of the results of the 2015 election, Alhaji Ladi Hassan, and the collating/returning officer, Mulkah Ahmed.
Punch reports that the Abdulrzaq alleged in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/92/2018, that Saraki was declared the winner of the election on March 28, 2017, when the results were only allegedly collated by just Ahmed and Hassan (Saraki’s agent) at the district level on March 29, 2015.
He attached with his suit two sets of documents, with one set marked Exhibit 1, said to be showing that “the summaries of results from wards and Local Government Areas that make up the senatorial district were finally compiled on March 29, 2015 as the date on each of these forms read the same collation date.”
The second document attached to the suit as Exhibit 2 was said to be INEC Form EC 8E(1) “which is the Declaration of Results of Election compiled by Dr. (Mrs.) Mulkah A. Ahmed (the returning officer) and Ladi Hassan, agent to Dr. Bukola Saraki.”
He alleged in his suit that “only two of them (Ahmed and Hassan) signed the form and March 28, was appended on the face of the form."
An affidavit deposed to by the plaintiff’s aide, Alhaji Adebayo Oloyin, stated in part: “That it is a common sense that collation date will always precede declaration date as the collation dictates declaration of results.
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“That inconsistencies of the Exhibits1 and 2 led to the loss of the applicant’s petition against Dr. Bukola Saraki as the panel of the tribunal held that his petition was a day late because tribunal adopted March 28, 2015 which was a day before collation as the declaration of result day."
A judge is yet to be assigned to the case.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the plot by some quarters to impeach Senate President Saraki seems to have crumbled as the Senate kicked against it.
The Senate spokesperson, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, speaking with the press over the weekend said the Senate has no plan to support the impeachment plot against Saraki.
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