Kaduna Election: Ashiru, PDP moves to Unseat El-Rufai, demand recount of ballot

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Kaduna Election: Ashiru, PDP moves to Unseat El-Rufai, demand recount of ballot

On Tuesday, the Kaduna State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, Isah Ashiru, filed an application asking for a recount of the total votes casted during the March 9 governorship polls.

Elisha Kurah (SAN), the counsel to Ashiru, submitted the application to the Justice I. M Bako-led tribunal that commenced pre-hearing session in Kaduna.

The session was however adjourned to the 25th of May, so to help the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the two other respondents in the petition time to respond to the PDP’s application on votes recount.

Elisha Kurah who made out time to speak to journalists immediately after the session was adjourned urged the tribunal to order INEC for the recount of the votes cast.

He explained: “An application has been filed requesting to recount the votes cast during the election.

“It is very important as we are alleging, which is also backed up by the evidence we have that most of the results declared were phantom votes.

“They were backed up by votes in the ballot boxes. So we want a total recount of the votes cast in the just concluded governorship election.

“We are looking forward to it that the results will prove that the PDP actually won the election.

“But votes were just called randomly so as to just enable the APC look like they have won.”

Ibrahim Bawa (SAN), who is also a Counsel to PDP, told journalists that an application has also been filed demanding that certain paragraphs of the respondents’ responses to ”our application be struck out for lack of merit.”

On the other hand, the Counsel to Gov Nasiru El-Rufai, Abdulhakeem Mustapha, during a separate interview with newsmen stated, “The petitioners of the PDP and its candidate, Isa Ashiru have four highly contentious applications.

Kaduna Election: Ashiru, PDP moves to Unseat El-Rufai, demand recount of ballot

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