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Suswam tackles Gemade at election petition tribunal

Governor Gabriel Suswam of the PDP has challenged the declaration of Senator Barnabas Gemade of the APC as winner of the Benue North East Senatorial District election, at Benue State National and State Houses of Assembly elections petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi, the state capital.

Suswam’s Counsel, Mr. Andrew Wombo, filed the petition on the grounds that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, failed to abide by the provisions of the electoral guidelines in the conduct of the election.

Confirming the decision of the Governor to challenge the outcome of the March 28, senatorial election, Wombo told reporters yesterday in Makurdi, that the action was premised on the fact that INEC omitted to collate all the results of votes cast at certain levels in the area.

According to him, “after the polls, we applied for the inspection of the election materials and INEC availed us the certified true copies and after going through we discovered that the actual winner based on what transpired at the polling units was Suswam and not Gemade.

“We discovered that at three wards in Logo Local Government Area, elections were conducted and the results from the said polling units entered in the relevant INEC forms duly signed by the electoral officers in the said wards, but to our greatest surprise the results were not entred in the final result that INEC declared.”

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