The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday commenced its pre-hearing trial with the governorship candidate of the PDP, Razaq Atunwa praying the tribunal to order for cancellation of the election and order fresh poll.
The tribunal chairman, Justice Bassey Effiong in his opening remarks warned counsel against wasting time as the tribunal will not extend the 14-day period for the pre-hearing trial.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and its Governorship candidate, Rasak Atunwa is challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Governorship candidate, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
The Action Alliance (AA) is also challenging the victory of the APC.
Counsel to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Ronald Otaru, said that the petitions cannot be consolidated as they are different cases filed against PDP by Action Alliance.
Otaru also expressed confidence that the hearing would not take a longer time as issues raised are documented and witnesses are few.
Counsel to PDP, Kingsley Odey argued that as at the time of election, the Governor-elect was not qualified as he did not give genuine information in terms of his qualification.
He said that they want the Tribunal nullify the election and call for fresh election in the state.
Odey admitted that his client was not aware of the grounds for their petitions, hence their call for the petitions to be consolidated.
Justice Efiong suggested that the petitions be consolidated but the counsels disagree.
The tribunal chairman later adjourned the matter till Thursday, May 16 to check documents.
The tribunal sitting continues on Thursday as it will continue to sit consecutively for 14 working days for the pre-hearing trial before the real trial.