Hudu, Zuru, Sulaiman to appear before Adamawa guber tribunal on 13 July
~ As Ardo seeks to determine legality of polls amidst violence against INEC, DSS officials
Adamawa state Governorship Election Tribunal has subpoenaed suspended Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of Adamawa State, Barr. Hudu Yunusa Ari, a national commissioner of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Abdullahi Zuru and an official of the Department of Secret Security Service (DSS), Halilu Suleiman.
A court process addressed to the trio through the leadership of their respective organizations seen by this reporter urged them to unfailing avail themselves before the tribunal to give evidences over the conduct of the election.
It may be recalled that the guber election which took place on March 18 and April 15 was greeted with a lot of controversies which culminated into an attack on the INEC commissioner sent to supervise the conduct of Adamawa Guber polls, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru as well as a DSS official, Halilu Sulaiman.
In the petition No: ETP/ AD/GOV/02/2023, the subpoena order dated 5th July, 2023 and signed by the chairperson of the tribunal was addressed to them through the leadership of their respective institutions.
It urged the trio to avail themselves at the tribunal sitting on the 13th July by 9:00am and to give testimony in the petition filed by the SDP Gubernatorial candidate in the state, Dr. Umar Ardo.
The SDP Gubernatorial candidate also prays the tribunal to determine four substantive issues.
The issues include; wether or not the harassment and violence against government officials: INEC National Commissioner and Official of the Department of State Security during the collation of the result of the Adamawa State Governorship election on 15 April 2023 and 16 April 2023 did not compromise the result that INEC declared and so renders it liable to be set aside?
Ardo also prays the court to determine whether the decision by INEC to nullify the result of the Adamawa State
Governorship election declared by INEC on 16 April 2023 was not made in breach of due process and liable to be set aside.
The SDP Gubernatorial candidate also prays the court to determine whether or not this honorable tribunal has jurisdiction to entertain the “Petitioners’ Petition” and whether or not the “Petitioners’ Petition” complied with the provision of the Electoral Act 2022.
Ardo also prayed on the tribunal to set aside the result declared announcing Fintiri as winner of the polls and to order INEC to conduct fresh governorship election in the state.
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