22nd December, 2011
Alhaji Abubakar Audu, the ACN candidate in the December 3 governorship election in Kogi, has filed a petition challenging the result of the election as announced by INEC.
Audu, who filed the petition on Wednesday at the state High Court complex in Lokoja, raised a team of nine lawyers, led by Chief Kola Awodehin ( SAN) and Mr. Charles Edosomwan (SAN) to handle the case.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he also assembled 167 witnesses from 2,548 wards in the state to help him establish his case at the tribunal.
Defendants in the case are the governorship candidate of the PDP, Capt. Idris Wada and his running mate, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi.
The state Resident Electoral Commissioner and INEC are also joined in the suit.
Auduâ€™s petition was hinged on three grounds; that Capt. Idris Wada, the candidate of the PDP in the election did not win the majority of the lawful votes but that he Abubakar Audu of ACN had the majority of the lawful votes.
In the petition dated December 21, Audu further said that Capt. Idris Wada of the PDP was not qualified to contest the governorship election and that the election was marred in some wards.
The petition was personally submitted at about 3 p.m. by Audu in company of his running mate, Mr. Henry Ojuola, and Dino Melaiye, as well as the state ACN chairman, Mr. Haddy Amaetuo and Mr. Kunle Adegoke, a lawyer from the chambers of Banire and Associates, Lagos.
All the 167 witnesses and some party members also followed the petitioner to the court in a convoy.