2019 guber poll: Useni, PDP file petition at tribunal, challenges Plateau Gov, APC’s victory


The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Plateau, Senator Jeremiah Tumbut Useni, has finally filed petition before the Election Tribunal setting in Jos.

Senator Useni is challenging the election and subsequent return of Simon Bako Lalong as governor-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Chairman of the media and publicity committee of Useni campaign organisation, Yiljab Abraham, in a press release, Sunday night, said the petition was filed on Friday night.

The release said Useni has prayed the tribunal to consider the declaration of governor Lalong as the winner of the governorship election in Plateau on March 9 and 23, 2019 is “unlawful, undue, null and void, and of no effect.”

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“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,” it said.

According to the release, the petition stated that Useni, was; “duly and validly elected and ought to be returned as the winner of the governorship election in Plateau State, having polled the highest number of lawful votes cast and haven satisfied the constitutional requirements of the said election.”

Useni also want the tribunal to declare that Simon Bako Lalong, is disqualified from contesting the election to become governor, “haven deliberately provided false information about himself to INEC when he filed in his documents to contest the governorship election.”



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