Thursday, 28 May 2015

#Benue Tribunal Chairman Warns Against Delay Tactics

As the National/ State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State capital yesterday commenced per- hearing session, the chairman, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has lashed out at lawyers for employing delay tactics.

In a petition filed by Governor Gabriel Suswam against Senator Barnabas Gemade, the latter’s counsel, J.J. Igbabon Esq. told the court that he has filed an application urging the tribunal to strike out the governor’s petition on grounds that it is incompetent.

The application was scheduled to be heard but counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Dr. Garba Kwambe requested for time to study the application.

Justice Dipeolu, who expressed displeasure at the manner lawyers are wasting time, reiterated that the tribunal would not tolerate unnecessary adjournment.

“I do not like the way we are starting. Cases should be fast-tracked. We are still crawling and I do not like it. If we go at this pace, we will end not achieving anything.”

She however, adjourned the case to June 2nd, 2015 for the hearing of the application.

Other cases heard during the pre- hearing session include, the one between Robert Tyough of the PDP and Benjamin Wayo of APC for Ushongo/Kwande House of Representative seat, which was adjourned to 2nd June 2015 while the matter between Terhemen Hon and Herman Hembe for Vandeikya/Konshisha House of Representative seat was adjourned to 3rd June 2015.

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