In Kebbi, APC Chieftain Drags Voters To Court, Seeks To Recover 35 Bags Of Fertilizers, 70 Bundles Of Clothes, Bags Of Rice And N50,000

From Ayodele Ajoge, Birnin-Kebbi

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Maiyama Council Area of Kebbi State, Adamu Mai lemu Andari is praying a Chief Magistrate Court 1 in Jega area of the state to recover 35 bags of fertilizers, 70 bundles of clothes, 2 bags of rice and N50,000 he gave  two Peoples Democratic Party’s members, Auwal Mai Hadisi Arosiya and Mai gari Gyamro Arosiya to canvas votes for him during the last Governorship/State Assembly Elections held in the state.

The complainant’s counsel, Barrister Bashir Umar said the two defendants Mai gari Gyamro Arosiya and Auwal Mai Hadisi Arosiya because of their act are brought before the chief magistrate court and should be charged for criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and misappropriation for converting what his client gave them for distribution to personal use.

According to the complainant’s counsel,”We are praying the court for the recovery of the items and to punish the duo for breach of law and criminal conspiracy”.

The defandants lawyer, Barrister Haruna Ubandawaki of the B. U Likita and CO  while raising a preliminary objections to the submission of the complainant’s lawyer said he wanted the court to determine whether it has jurisdiction to entertain the case which falls under section 121, sub section 6 of the electoral law and whether the chief magistrate has the competence to hear the case.

The defandants lawyer said his clients are known PDP members in their village in Arosiya area of Maiyama local government in kebbi State.

He said they never asked for the fertilizers,rice,clothes and cash the APC chieftain gave them to canvas votes for his candidate and party during last election that held in the state.

“Going by the electoral law the complainant is guilty of electoral offence”, the defendants counsel said.

The case was first mentioned on Tuesday, May,2 before Chief Magistrate Adamu Sani at the chief magistrate court 1,Jega. It was adjourned to 15 of May for further hearing.

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