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Presidential election Tribunal issues subpoena on INEC Chair, Zamfara REC



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The Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on Wednesday placed the Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Zamfara State under subpoena.

According to the subpoena issued on July 9, 2019, they are expected to appear and produce some documents used for the last election, required by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.

While resuming the proceedings on Wednesday, petitioners’ lawyer, Chris Uche (SAN), explained to the tribunal that the subpoena had been served on the two officials but they have failed to either appear or make available the documents requested.

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He said subpoenas are like summons from a court that the subject must obey.

Tribunal Chairman, Justice Mohammed Garba noted that from the record of the court, Yakubu was served with the subpoena on July 15, 2019 when he was required to produce the documents.

Garba also noted that the one on the Zamfara REC was served on July 12.

He asked INEC’s lawyer, Yunus Usman (SAN) to take the necessary steps to ensure the subpoena is complied with.

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