The Ekiti Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application by Peoples Democratic Party for the recount of ballot papers used in the July 14 poll.
The PDP and its candidate, Professor Olusola Kolapo are challenging the outcome of the election in court.
Ruling on the application, the Chairman of the three-member tribunal, Justice Bolaji Belgore, declared that the application lacked merit.
Belgore noted that Ekiti had 177 wards with 2,197 polling units in 16 local government areas but the petitioners only complained of 325 polling units in their petition before the tribunal.
The chairman said PDP and its candidate did not complain about all the 2,197 polling units in the state.
According to him, pleadings are written statements of parties in a procedure wherein they clearly state the materials, including documents, they will rely on in the proceeding.
He said the tribunal could only admit where it was supported by pleading, adding that what the petitioners wanted could not be situated in their pleading before the tribunal.