PLATEAU STATE: Election Tribunal endorses Governor Lalong’s election
The Plateau State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has struck out the petition filed by Senator Gyang Nyam Pwajok of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State and All Progressives Congress (APC).
The three-man committee of the tribunal, chaired by Justice Johnson Candide, upholds the submission of Governor Lalong and APC that the petition was
It would be recalled that the tribunal, which was headed by Justice Johnson Candide, began sitting in May, 2015, in respect of the petition filled by the governorship candidate of PDP Senator Gyang Pwajok, challenging the victory of Governor Simon Lalong of APC.
During the April 2015 governorship election, Lalong polled a total of 564, 91 votes to defeat his strong challenger Senator Pwajok of the PDP who scored 520,627 by a margin of 44,386 votes.
However, the PDP was not satisfied with the outcome of the election, and so dragged the winner and the APC to the governorship tribunal alleging that the election was marred by rigging, corruption and malpractice.
While delivering the judgment on Monday, in Jos, which lasted for five hours, Justice Johnson Candide upheld the election of Governor Simon Lalong of the APC and dismissed the petition of Senator Gyang Pwajok.
The tribunal also held that the petitioner (PDP) abandoned their criminal cases and concentrated on civil matters, thereby couldn’t prove their case beyond reasonable doubts.
Justice Candide stated that all the petitioners presented their documentary on hearsay and for over-voting to be proved, the petitioner needed to provide a witness to speak to the document, which the petitioner failed to prove their case.
The tribunal, however, said the election was conducted in accordance with the law, and awarded a N50,000 fine to the first respondent.