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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