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INEC wants PDP’s contempt case against its Kano REC struck out

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Mahmood Yakubu

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approached the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Kano State to dismiss the contempt proceedings filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the its Resident Electoral Commissioner, Riskuwa Shehu.

This was contained in a motion filed by counsel to INEC, Adedayo Adedeji, on Thursday, saying the application filed by the petitioners lacked merit and was incompetent.

PDP had earlier filed a motion before the tribunal seeking the prosecution of Shehu for allegedly disobeying an order to grant the petitioners access to inspect and photocopy election materials used during the March 23 governorship election.

The tribunal had reportedly on May 7, granted the petitioners access to inspect and photocopy election materials used during the March 23 election.

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Counsel to Abdullahi Ganduje, Aliyu Umar, SAN, also prayed the tribunal to strike out the petition for lack of merit.

Earlier, the counsel to the petitioners, Adebayo Owomolo, made an application for withdrawal of two applications out of the five motions filed before the tribunal.

In her ruling, Justice Halima Mohammed announced the adoption of all petitions and counter-affidavits filed by the petitioners.

She adjourned the case till July 13 for ruling on the pending application and continuation of hearing.

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