Why We Accepted Materials Brought By Uzodinma – Supreme Court

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The yesterday said the Independent National Electoral Commission did not counter the result sheets produced by Hope Uzodinma the All Progressives in the March 9, 2019 governorship election in which made them admissible.

The , in a copy the released yesterday said the and the election petition tribunal misread the pleadings by Uzodinma and APC in their dismissal the petition and appeal.

The had on January 14 nullified the election of of the Peoples who polled 273,404, and declared Uzodinma who polled 96,458 votes winner after his 213, 695 votes 388 polling units were added to his total result.

According to the , the main issue by Uzodinma and APC that votes due to them in 388 polling units were excluded, which if added, they would have emerged winners.

In the lead read by Justice Kudirate Kekere-Ekun, the said while INEC alleged that the pleaded by Uzodinma, through the police officer, were false, it did not call any witness and did not tender any documents to counter it.

“Having pleaded that the documents are false, the respondents made allegations of a criminal nature against the appellants. They were required to plead the specific elements of and lead evidence showing the genuine . Not only must the allegations be proved beyond reasonable doubt, it must also be proved that the appellants personally committed or aided and abetted the commission of the crime or that they procured the commission of the crime through their agents or officials,” she said.

Daily Trust