By: Valentine Adese,
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter in Plateau state has already conceded 5 Local Government Chairmanship seats to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state even before the Tribunal set up by the administration start hearing the 77 petitions filed by the PDP aimed at challenging the outcome of the just conducted election conducted by the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC).
Disclosing the number of petitions filed by the PDP to newsmen at the Tribunal premises, at West of Mines Jos, after the formal inaugural sitting of the State Elections Tribunal Panel led by Justice, Jovita Binjim, as Chairman, the State Legal Adviser of the PDP, Binchen Jantur (Esq), flanked by the State PDP Publicity Secretary, John Akans (KSM), also broke it down further that the party filed 68 Councillorship petitions and 8 Chairmanship petitions.
Barr. Jantur explained that the PDP is not challenging the outcomes of Five (5) out of the 13 LG Chairmanship results and these include Wase, Kanam, Jos East, Shendam and Qua’anpan Local Governments (LGs).
According to him, “The PDP conceded to the APC in Kanam, Wase and Jos East local governments, but did not file petitions challenging the results of Shendam, and Qua’apan LGs for want of evidence”.
While the APC legal team at the Tribunal is hoped, would be led by P. A Akubo (SAN), that of the PDP is still skeptical, as the PDP is alleged to still be owing lawyers, who handled the party’s election petition cases in 2013 and 2015.
Reacting to the development, in a laughable way, the Chairman of the APC in Plateau State, Hon. Letep Dabang, said, “We are expecting the PDP to concede even more, as they have nothing else to do! They know the APC won the elections but they simply want to buy time by coming to the Tribunal to save face from their supporters”.