The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday presented 21 Bimodal Voters Accreditation System (BVAS) machine, for 10 Local Governments before the Kano State Governorship Election Tribunal.
Justice Watch News reports that the petitioner APC on April 9, filed a petition challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for declaring Abba Kabir Yusuf of NNPP winner of the election that was conducted on March 18, 2023.
The 10 Local Government Area includes: Tudun Wada, Gaya, Gezawa, Bunkure, Bebeji, Ungogo, Ajingi, Warawa, Karaye and Garko Local Government polling units.
The respondents are INEC, Abba Kabir-Yusuf and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Justice Watch News recalls that the Tribunal had on June 6, granted leave to the petitioner to access the BVAS machine used by INEC during the March 18, Governorship election.
At the resumed sitting, Counsel to INEC, E A Oshayomi, led Mr Ocheka a staff from INEC to present the 21 BVAS machine for 21 polling units before the court in respect of the petition.
Ocheka informed the court that the BVAS required protection because when the battery runs down a code has to be sent from China before it will be reactivated.
“Because of safety let me go back with the BVAS to INEC office,when the court need it i will bring them back” Ocheka said
Counsel to the petitioner, Nureini Jimoh SAN, tendered the 21 BVAS to the tribunal to support their petition and objected the machine to be returned to INEC.
Counsel to Kabir Yusuf, Mr R A Lawal and Counsel to NNPP, Mr John Baylesha, did not object to the admissibility of the BVAS in evidence.
“Once the petitioner tender the machine, it is now left for the tribunal to decide where to keep it for safety”
Justice Watch News gathered that the petitioner has so far presented 18 witnesses who testified before the court to prove their case.
The witnesses were cross examined and accordingly discharge by the 3-Judge-Panel Tribunal, lead by Justice Oluyemi Akintan Osadebay.
She adjourned the petition to tomorrow, July 12 for continuation of hearing.