Tribunal dismisses PDP’s petition against Kwara Gov
Written by Abdulmumin Uthman on September 20, 2019
The Kwara State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ilorin today dismissed the petition filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Razaq Atunwa against the victory of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of the All Progressives Congress in March Governorship election in Kwara State.
In an over two-hour judgement read by the Lead Judge, Bassey Effiong, the Tribunal ruled that the petitioner failed to prove its allegation of fake West African Examination Council (WAEC) against Governor AbdulRazaq beyond reasonable doubt.
Justice Effiong said the evidence presented by WAEC based in subpoena were at varience with the submissions of the petitioner.
The tribunal held that the governor was qualified to contest based on the confirmation made by the only authentic examination body to do so.
According to the tribunal, Governor AbdulRazaq was the authentic candidate who sat for the WAEC examination at Government College, Kaduna in ninety seventy six
Justice Effiong clarified that section one-one-five of Evidence Act puts the burden of prove on the petitioner on forgery case against the accused.
Speaking with newsmen after the judgment, Counsel to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Kunle Kalejaiye (SAN) said the judgment was expected because the petitioner supplied the weapon to dismiss the petition before the tribunal.
Kalejaiye said the Governor’s legal team did not entertain any fear whatsoever as Governor AbdulRazaq poses valid WAEC certificate.
Efforts to get the reaction of the petitioner’s counsel, Kingsley Odey prove abortive.
WRITTEN BY : ABDULROSHEED OKIKI @okikitweets