Posted By: JAMES ABRAHAM
Plateau State governorship election petitions tribunal yesterday adjourned till June 29 when it hopes to return and conclude the 14-day pre-hearing sitting which began yesterday.
Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice Candide Johnson urged all parties to the petitions, particularly counsel to the contenders, to file all responses and fulfill all technical particulars so that pre-hearing would be concluded as stipulated on June 29.
Elucidating the essence of “pre-hearing” in elections petitions, lead counsel in the petition filed by Senator G.N.S Pwajok of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who is challenging the “election” of Simon Lalong of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Charles Obishai, SAN, said the exercise is to enable all parties and the Bench establish the principal perspectives in the petition which will constitute the focus when the petitions enter the stage of hearing proper.
At the beginning of legal tussle yesterday, two petitions were announced to be before the tribunal. According to the tribunal, one of the petitions was filed by the African Democratic Congress, ADC, challenging the omission of its logo on the ballot paper of the gubernatorial election and therefore calling for the annulment of the poll.
Before adjourning, the tribunal had frowned at and rejected the application by counsel to INEC seeking 10 days to enable him file responses to the motions filed by the petitioner, whose counsel was insisting that some of the motions filed by him be taken immediately or the tribunal should enter judgment in favour of his client.
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