THE candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the December 5, 2020 Cross River North Senatorial bye-election, Joe Agi, SAN, and the APC have asked the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar to declare “all votes cast for PDP in the election as wasted votes.”
Agi further argued that should the tribunal agree with his submissions, having come second in the polls, he should be declared the lawful winner.
Under cross examination, Agi argued that he was not challenging the result of the election but making a case on points of law that the Peoples Democratic Party had no known candidate for the December 5, 2020 election.
He said, “The votes cast for the PDP were wasted because they had no known candidate and INEC in the publication of the final list of candidates of political parties to the election had no name on the space for the PDP. No political party can go into an election without a known candidate in Nigeria. That is why the APC lost to PDP in Zamfara State. In this case, the lawful thing to do in the light of the wasted votes on PDP is to declare me, being the first runner’s up as the winner. I urged the tribunal to allow my petition.”
Agi and the APC, who closed their case on Thursday, had a lengthy session on Wednesday, where he spent about seven hours in the witness box.
The three-man Election Petition Tribunal headed by Justice Yusuf Mohammad, sat throughout the period while taking the testimony of the petitioner, listed as PW2. The tribunal had refused his application to get a subpoenaed witness listed as PW1, an INEC staff, to testify.
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