Samson Osuo, Lafia.
The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa state Capital, has on Tuesday granted the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Movement for Nasarawa South Senatorial District, Abdullahi Agwai, permission to inspect electoral materials used in the recently conducted election.
Agwai is challenging the victory of Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura as the Senator elect for the zone as a result of the omission of his party identification Logo from the ballot paper.
Ruling on the ‘Motion Exparte’ Chairman of the three man Tribunal, David Igoh said having listened to the motion, he has no other option than to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the candidate access to all the materials used in the election.
Earlier, Counsel to the petitioner Barrister Wanche Christian, appealed to the Tribunal to compel INEC to allow his client access to all the election materials used to prove that his party was excluded from the election.
Similarly, the Tribunal has granted permission to Inusa Ibrahim, Nasarawa North Senatorial Candidate of PDM to inspect electoral materials as a result of similar omission.
In another development, the Tribunal has granted the prayer of Emmanuel Abari, Zenith Labour Party House of Representatives Candidate for Awe/Doma/Keana Federal Constituency the permission to inspect electoral materials used in the February 23, National Assembly election.
Abari who has petitioned the tribunal is challenging the declaration of the APC candidate, Nalaraba as winner of that election by the Independent National electoral Commission.
At the time of filling this report, all efforts to get reaction from the Commission in the state proved abortive.