Election petition: I won’t be distracted – Gov Al-makura

Governor Umar Tanko Al-makura
Governor Umar Tanko Al-makura

By Mohammed Yangida, Lafia                     Governor Umaru Almakura of has said that challenging his victory at the Petition Tribunal will not distract him from performing his duties.

The Governor stated this on Wednesday shortly after attending the Tribunal sitting to witness proceedings in Lafia, the state capital.

He said he will remain committed to providing dividends of to his people, saying his presence at the Tribunal was to demonstrate his confidence and faith in the rule of law and judicial process.

“I believe in judicial process and the rule of law. The success of the is being challenged and I need to take very special interest in this case in the interest of the people of .

“Don’t be surprised you are likely going to see me again, but I must say I am very happy for my being in the Tribunal today ‎(Wednesday) and with the way and manner things are transparent it has actually strengthen my resolve to continue to believe in the rule of law and due process “he said.

Earlier, the lead counsel of the Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC)‎ is the 3rd Respondent in the case, Hassan Liman (SAN) opened his defence case by tendering before Tribunal the certified copy of form EC8E which is the summary of result for the April 2015 Governorship in .

Also tendered form DC8E the declaration of results of Election in the office of Governor and duly certified on the 7/April 2015.

After reviewing the case of the petitioner and that of the 1st, the 2nd Respondents as well as addresses tendered, Hassan Liman applied to close for the 3rd respondent.

The Governor ship election petition Tribunal has adjourned to September 9, 2015 for the adoption of final written addresses in a case between Governor Umaru Almakura of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Labaran Maku of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) .

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