Samson Osuo, Lafia.
The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital on Wednesday frowned at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for disobeying its order to make available materials used for the conduct of the last governorship election for inspection by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).
Chairman of the Tribunal Abba Mohammed who made the feeling known during the pre-hearing session on Wednesday, reordered INEC to allow the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and its governorship candidate, Musa Nagogo to inspect the materials used in the March 9th governorship election before the next adjournment date.
According to him, since the tribunal discovered that counsels are yet to complete examination and exchange of documents, the sitting will hold this week Saturday to enable them complete all pre-hearing session.
Earlier, Mohammed Adamu, Counsel to the Peoples Democratic Movement, Nagogo told the Tribunal that his client was denied access to materials used during the election despite an order from the tribunal.
He therefore appealed to the tribunal to use its powers and compel INEC to obey the order without hesitation.
On his part, counsel to INEC, lbrahim Adamu promised to advise his client appropriately on the order of the tribunal.
It would be recalled that the petitioner is among those challenging the conduct of the 2019 governorship election in the state.
While the PDP, APGA and the Labour Parties are challenging the fraud discovered during the election, the PDM and its candidate are challenging the election over the omission of the Party Logo and name of the governorship flag bearer in the ballot Paper.