BY SUZAN EDEH
Bauchi- The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Bauchi, Wednesday, reserved judgment for two weeks on the petition filed by Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, candidate, Mr. Yusuf Tuggar, against PDP candidate, Governor Isa Yuguda, as winner of the election.
Counsel to Tuggar, Yuguda and INEC filed their written addresses as hearing on the petition was concluded.
Counsel to Tuggar, Mr. Olawale Akoni, told the tribunal that the last gubernatorial election was characterised with irregularities, such as multiple thumb-printing of ballot papers, thuggery, intimidation, harassment of voters, hijacking of election materials and bribery, contrary to the Electoral Act, 2010 and urged the tribunal to accept the evidence tendered before it as well as the forensic evidence submitted before it since they were certified by INEC.
Akoni also prayed the tribunal to nullify the election of Yuguda and declare Tuggar as the true winner of the election, having satisfied all the requirements by law or order for fresh election in the state.
In his submission counsel to Gov. Yuguda, Hassan Fajimite, told the tribunal that his client was qualified to contest the election for the office of the Governor of Bauchi State, having also satisfied all requisite constitutional and statutory requirements for the election.
He said the petitioner failed to prove any of the criminal allegations alleged to have been committed by Yuguda even as he descibed such allegations as ‘’vexatious, gold digging and ought to be dismissed.”