The candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State, Labaran Maku has expressed optimism that he shall emerge victorious at the electoral tribunal sitting in Lafia, the state capital.
The former Information Minister, who spoke on Thursday during a press briefing on the conclusion of their presentations at the electoral tribunal in Abuja, noted that citizens of the state should expect the state to be the first to get justice in this new dispensation.
According to Maku, at the close of the tribunal presentation on Wednesday, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) closed its case without a single witness before the tribunal, after filing 25 witnesses and boasting of having enough evidence to counter APGA’s claim of massive irregularities during and after the April 11, 2015 governorship election.
“Rather than bringing the witnesses forward, INEC withdrew its case because its witnesses turned hostile and were not prepared to testify under oath”.
“After all the entries, reviews of witnesses, presentation of documents and motions, claims and counter claims, I am more certain and convinced that Al-Makura ought not to have presented himself ab-initio to be sworn in as governor of Nasarawa State.
“I think it’s unfortunate that the electoral act and the constitution allow people who rigged elections to be sworn in, as opposed to the constitution in 1979, when electoral petitions were handled before swearing in.
“For me, the electoral body that proclaimed Al-makura the winner could not present the witnesses it said it had.
“It was evident that INEC and APC went for a reckless and fraudulent mutilation of results.
“Most of the Adhoc staff recruited by INEC were APC members, so they did all the damage because if you conduct a survey in the state you will observe that 7 out of 10 people will tell you APGA won the election”, he averred.
Maku maintained that he would never have gone to court if he wasn’t convinced that he won the election.
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