Boma Goodhead closes case at tribunal

Tina Amanda

The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate for the Akuku-Toru and Asari-Toru Federal Constituency, Boma Goodhead, in the Election Petition matter filed by All Progressive Grand Party APGA and its candidate, Sunny Amachree, challenging the Victory of Honourable Boma Goodhead into the House of Representative, have closed their case before the tribunal

The petitioners are by their petitions before the National and State Assembly Election tribunal, challenging the declaration of PDP candidate Boma Goodhead as the winner of the election.

Testifying before the tribunal, Kala Otaji, who said he worked as a Constituency Collation Agent for Asari-Toru and Akuku-Toru, told the tribunal that the rescheduled March 9th Federal House Assembly election for Akuku-Toru was successfully done, collation concluded, and Boma Goodhead declared as winner, adding that Collation was never extended to 10th March as speculated by the petitioners.

He stressed further that certified copies of the results sheets form EC8A and EC8B which was used to declare the winner was given to him by the Returning Officer Dr Ngozi Iheanacho, which he tendered in court.

The three-man panel led by Justice GK Kaigama adjourned to the 28th of September for the adoption of final written addresses by parties in the matter, while giving 7days for Counsels to file in their written addresses.

Counsel to the petitioner Afolabi Bisi told our reporter Tina Amanda that their victory was sub-changed, stressing that the APGA candidate Sunny Amachree won the election.

He said that they are dissatisfied with the announcement by INEC which declared Boma Goodhead winner, saying it was wrong and had no basis.

Also speaking, Counsel to PDP Ahmed Raji, said the election brought Boma Goodhead as the winner, adding that they are waiting for the tribunal to decide on the matter.