The party said the petition lacked merit and competence. Counsel to the APC Ayotunde Ogunleye, who made the application Friday, also informed the tribunal that the petitioner was also having a similar petition before the tribunal in the Court of Appeal. Ogunleye told the tribunal that the idea of running to the Court of Appeal when the tribunal has not yet done with the petition was an abuse of court process. Meanwhile, the Tribunal has granted Idris Wada, leave to produce an expert that would analyse the materials used for the December 5 election. Justice Halima Muhammad gave the ruling after Wada’s Counsel – Chris Uche, SAN, informed the tribunal that there was a motion filed before it to bring in a witness who inspected the materials used for the election. Uche also informed the tribunal that the election of Yahaya Bello, as the governor of the state did not follow the due process of the electoral law and that his qualification for the election was questionable. But Counsel to Yahaya Bello, Joseph Dawodu, SAN, had prayed the tribunal earlier not to allow the motion of petitioner to scale through. Mr. Alex Izinyon, SAN, who is the Counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), told the tribunal that the petitioner has no locus-standi to raise the issue of qualification of the governor.]]>

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