APC Governorship Candidate, Sen. Aisha Alhassan and Gov. Darius Ishaku of PDP.

The Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, adjourned indefinitely to prepare its judgment in a petition on the April 11 poll in the state.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the election, Aisha Alhassan, had petitioned the tribunal, challenging the declaration of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Darius Ishaku, as winner of the poll.

The adjournment was announced by the tribunal chairman, Justice Musa Abubakar, after counsels to the petitioner and the respondents told the tribunal that they had adopted their written addresses and had closed their cases.

Abubakar said that the tribunal would inform the parties in the case of the date it would deliver its judgment.
Earlier during the proceedings, Mr Kanu Igabi (SAN), counsel to Ishaku, and Mr Solo Akuma, counsel to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had asked the tribunal to strike out the petition.

They argued that the petition was incompetent and inconsistent.
But counsel to Alhassan, Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), argued that they had proved from the evidences presented that Ishaku was not duly elected by the majority of lawful votes cast in the election.

He also argued that the PDP primary, which produced the respondent as governorship candidate of the party, was conducted in Abuja, contrary to the party’s constitution that stated that primaries should be conducted at state secretariats.

Owonikoko, therefore, urged the tribunal to uphold the petition and grant his client the reliefs sought.

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