Thursday, 20 August 2015

Onjeh Vs Mark: Tribunal Adjourns To September 17 For Adoption Of Addresses

The National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Makurdi, has adjourned to September 17, 2015, for adoption of addresses, in a petition filed by one Mr. Daniel Onjeh against former President of the Senate, Mr. David Mark.

This followed the close of cases on Wednesday by both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who were also joined in the petition.

When the case came up for continuation of defence, counsel for the PDP, Mr Chris Alechenu, who had earlier informed the tribunal in his reply to the petition that he would call 14 witnesses decided to call a lone witness.

Alechenu also said that he would rely on the documents tendered by the first respondent (Mark) to avoid duplication of processes, explaining that the documents he intended to tender had been presented by the first respondent.

Alechenu therefore, closed his case with his lone witness, Mr Imoni Mohammed, who was a ward collation agent for the PDP in the 2015 Benue South Senatorial election.

While being cross-examined by the petitioner’s counsel, Mr Tunji Oso, Mohammed said that incident forms were used to accredit all voters in his ward, Onyagede-Icho because card readers did not work well.

However, counsel for INEC, Mrs C. Mamswa, did not tender any document in evidence.

Mamswa simply told the court that they would be relying on their argument on the submissions of the first and second respondents, as well as that of the petitioner.

The tribunal Chairman, Justice Mosumola Dipeolu, then gave 10 days each to the first and second respondents, seven days to the petitioner and three days to INEC, which she said would run concurrently to file their briefs.

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