April 15, 2019

Useni wants Lalong’s victory nullified

Jeremiah Useni

By Marie Nanlong

Jos—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governorship candidate  for Plateau State in the general election, Senator Jeremiah Useni has filed a petition at the Governorship election tribunal in Jos, asking the tribunal to declare Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s declaration of Governor Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as the winner of that elections, as unlawful.


Jeremiah Useni

Useni prayed the tribunal to nullify Lalong’s return and  order INEC to withdraw his Certificate of Return  among others.

According to Yiljap Abraham, Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee of the state PDP Campaign Council,  “Senator Useni wants the tribunal to consider the declaration of Simon Lalong by INEC as the winner of the governorship elections of March 9th and 23rd 2019 as unlawful, undue, null and void, and of no effect. Senator Useni, together with the Peoples Democratic Party is praying the tribunal to nullify Lalong’s return and to order INEC to withdraw his Certificate of Return.

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“The petition points out that the PDP candidate was duly and validly elected and ought to be returned as the winner of the election in Plateau State, having polled the highest number of lawful votes cast and having satisfied the constitutional requirements of the said election. It therefore wants the tribunal to order INEC to issue Senator Useni with a Certificate of Return as the duly elected governor of Plateau State.”

“However, Senator Useni’s  petition also provides for  alternatives. The first is that the tribunal declare that Simon Bako Lalong is disqualified from contesting the election of the office of Governor “having deliberately provided false information about himself” to INEC and worldwide when he filed in his documents to contest the governorship election.