A petition seeking a recount of the votes cast during the March 9 governorship election staged in Kaduna State has been filed by Isah Ashiru, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Reports say the petition was filed before the Justice I. M Bako-led tribunal that commenced pre-hearing session on Tuesday in Kaduna, by Ashiru’s counsel, Elisha Kurah (SAN).
However, a hearing for the petition filed by Ashiru was adjourned till May 25 by Justice Bako to allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the two other respondents in the petition time to respond to application on votes recount by the PDP.
Speaking to journalists shortly after adjournment of the petition hearing, Ashiru’s counsel, Kurah urged the tribunal to order INEC for a recount of the votes cast during the governorship poll.
He said; “We filed an application requesting to recount the votes cast during the election.
“It is very crucial as we are alleging which is supported by the evidence we have that most of the results declared were phantom votes.
“They were back up by votes in the ballot boxes. So we want a complete recount of the votes cast in the governorship election.
“We are expecting that the results would show that the PDP actually won the election.
“But votes were just inflicted randomly just to make the APC have the semblance of winning,“ Kurah added.
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