From Tongnaan Bawa, Jos
The Peoples Democratic Party Plateau Central Senatorial Candidate at the 2023 General elections Amb. Yohanna Gotom has expressed dissatisfaction with the National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Jos the Plateau State capital.
He on Tuesday expressed dissatisfaction when the election tribunal upheld the election of Sen. Diket Plang of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the elected Senator of the Central Zone of the State.
Gotom while Speaking with Journalists in Jos on Wednesday said he has concluded all arrangements to approach the Appeal court where he said his stolen mandate would be given to him.
“I won the election clearly with over 21,000 Votes in Four Local governments of the Plateau Central namely Pankshin, Bokkos, Kanke and Kanam and Diket only won Mangu with only 3,000 Votes, but I am surprised that the tribunal declared him the winner.
He expressed surprise at the ruling based on the grounds of his petition, noting that his lawyers have briefed him and he is challenging the ruling of the tribunal at the court of appeal.
Gotom explained that the issues of PDP structure in the state have been spelt out as a pre-election matter by the electoral act and confirmed by several recent court rulings and have nothing to do with his election.
The PDP Plateau Central Senatorial Candidate had filed a petition on the ground of non-compliance with the electoral act, adding that the result in the IRev of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), did not tally with what was obtained at some polling units in Gagdi ward of Kanam LGA.
He asked the court to nullify the victory of the Senator Diket
It would be recalled that the Tribunal, led by Justice Muhammad Tukur, in its judgement, which was delivered through Zoom on Tuesday in Jos dismissed the petition of Gotom, for lack of merit.
The tribunal, held that INEC has proved the results in its IRev, while the petitioners (Gotom and PDP), had failed to produce a contrary result from the INEC IRev., adding that “The results in INEC IRev are reliable and readable.”
It further held that the petitioners were allowed to prove their case but failed to do so.
The court ruled that INEC did not flout the Electoral Act. The court further ruled that the results of the 34 polling units of the Gagdi ward which the petitioner contested were authentic.