BENUE State Governor,
Gabriel Suswam of the
Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, has challenged winner
of the Benue North-East
Senatorial District election,
Senator Barnabas Gemade
of the All Progressives
Congress, APC.
The Governor, through
his counsel, Mr. Andrew
Wombo, yesterday filed the
petition at the National and
State Houses of Assembly
Election Petition Tribunal
sitting in Makurdi, the state
capital, on the grounds that
the Independent National
Electoral Commission,
INEC, failed to abide by the
provisions of the electoral
guidelines in the conduct of
the polls.
Wombo told Nigerian
Pilot that the move was also
premised on the ground
that INEC failed to collate
all the results of votes cast
at certain levels in the ar ea.
According to him, “after
the polls, we applied for the
inspection of the election
materials and INEC availed
us the certified true copies
and after going through
them we discovered that the
real winner based on what
transpired at the polling
units was Governor Suswam
and not Senator Gemade.
“We discovered that at
three wards in Logo Local
Government Area, elections
were conducted and the
results from the said polling
units entered in the relevant
INEC forms duly signed
by the electoral officers in
the said wards, but to our
surprise the result was not
entered in the final result
that INEC declared.
“Also at Mbaiwarnyan
Ward, in Konshisha Local
Government Area, of the 21
polling units, INEC collated
results in only four and
gave no explanation on why
collation was not done in
the other 17 wards.
“Though the presiding
officer entered the results
from those polling units; we
then put these results from
the 17 wards with those of
Logo and we discovered
that Governor Suswam had
the highest number of votes
“We have therefore
approached the tribunal to
include the results in the
final collation, because on
our part we felt that they
omitted them and they
should be added and a
declaration made,” Wombo