The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday told the Taraba State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja that it did not supervise any primary election that produced the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11, 2015 governorship election held in the state.
But lawyer to the PDP, Solomon Akuma, countered the submission and showed the tribunal documents showing that there was a primary election of the party that produced Darius Ishaku as its governorship candidate for the said election.
During the hearing of the matter yesterday, one of the petitioners’ witnesses and an INEC official, Aminu Idris, was summoned by the tribunal to give his evidence on the election.
About four witnesses gave evidence before the tribunal yesterday. Further hearing has been fixed for today.
About two weeks ago, the tribunal rejected INEC’s request for it to relocate to the Taraba State capital, Jalingo, to continue its proceedings.
The president of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, had directed some election petitions tribunals in some states, including Taraba, to relocate to Abuja over security concerns.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Musa Abubakar, in his ruling, dismissed INEC’s motion challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction to sit in Abuja and hear a petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election, Hajiya Aisha Alhassan.