Plateau Local Government Elections Tribunal has on Saturday, dismissed the petition filed before it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Langtang-North Local Government Area of the state.
Recall that the PDP chairmanship candidate of the local government, Ubandoma Joshua-Laven, had challenged the declaration of his APC’s counterpart, Kparnim Nanloh-Amos, by Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), as winner of Oct. 10, 2018 LG polls in the state.
While giving judgement, the chairman of the tribunal, Justice Jovita Binjin during a six-hour judgement, dismissed the petition for lacking in merit.
“Election matters at tribunals are determined by documentary evidences. But in this case, the petitioner only provided documents for only 26 polling units out of the 110 Polling units leaving out 84, which are huge.
“Those documents are not enough to support the petitioner’s claimed that he pulled the majority votes to be declared the winner of the Oct. 10, 2018 LG polls.
“More over the petitioner did not demand for discrediting of the entire elections having failed to meet section 196 of the electoral Act 2014, which says elections must duly follow the law, but he only asked that he should be declared winner having pulled the lawful majority votes cast.
“The petitioners, therefore, having failed to prove his claims in the petition filed on Oct. 31, 2018, we hereby hold that the petition lack merit and it is therefore dismissed, ’’ Binjin declared.