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PDP Candidate Challenges Saraki’S Victory at Tribunal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial standard bearer for Kwara Central, in the March 28 polls, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq,and his party, have filed a petition before the National Assembly

Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Ilorin, the state capital, challenging the election of the All Progressives Congress (APC)candidate, Dr. BukolaSaraki.

Abdulrasaqand PDP as 1st and 2nd petitioners respectively intheir petition with reference number: NAT/LEG/EPT/IL/2/2015, dated April 13, 2015, alleged that the election of Saraki wasinvalid “by reason of corrupt practices or non-compliance with theprovisions of the Electoral Act.”

He further alleged that the election was characterised by abnormalities, manipulation and irregularities.

The petition filed through their counsel, AmbaliAbdulkadir

Mujahid, Esq. and made available to the Daily Times, joined the APC,

INEC and the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) as 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondents, respectively.

The petitioners, therefore, prayed the tribunal to declare theelection of the 1st respondent void and declare the 1st Petitioner asthe winner of the polls.

Other reliefs sought by the petitioners, through a motion ex-parte, filed before the three-man tribunal, headed by Hon. Justice J. J.

Majebi, include an order of the tribunal to inspect the electoralmaterials before the pre-hearing session.

They also urged the tribunal to grant leave to the petitioners, their counsel, or agents to inspect and make copies ofall polling documents or packets relating or pertaining to the March 28, 2015 Kwara Central senatorial election.

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