By David Odama
THE Senator representing Nasarawa South and the senatorial candidate of the peoples Democratic party, PDP in the February 23, 2019 National Assembly election in Nasarawa State, Senator Suleiman Adukwe, is upbeat about getting favourable ruling on his petition at the Election Tribunal.
Claiming that the 2019 elections were conducted in flagrant disregard for electoral values, he said he would retrieve his mandate from Governor Tanko Al-Makura, the All Progressives Congress, APC candidate, who the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared the winner of the election.
Adukwe said the election that threw up Al-Makura as winner was marred with massive rigging, violence and incidents of vote buying, and fell short of acceptable minimum standard.
According to him, the declaration of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, APC candidate as the winner of the Nasarawa South senatorial district election is wrong and contestable.
The incumbent lawmaker, who is the chairman, Senate Committee on Information and Media Affairs, believes that the elections in Nasarawa were not conducted in line with laid down rules and regulations of the INEC.
Speaking with newsmen in Lafia, the senator expressed confidence that his ”stolen mandate overwhelmingly given him by the electorate” will be reclaimed through the tribunal.
He said: “Following a review of the governorship, National Assembly elections in Nasarawa State, it is evidently clear that massive rigging, thuggery and vote-buying characterised the exercise.”
Asked if he believed in the Nigeria judicial system, the lawmaker said his party was already in the tribunal challenging the outcome of the elections and expressed optimism that PDP will reclaim its mandates which the people of the zone and the state freely gave to them.
“We have done it before in the past and we will do it again in the state”.
I’m optimistic that the tribunal will be impartial, upright and deligent in its judgement. Nigeria judiciary have shown that it will do things right for the common man especially with the 2019 general elections”, the lawmaker insisted.