Saturday, 14 May 2016

Benue South Rerun: Tribunal Begin Hearing Of Onjeh's Petition

As the National Assembly tribunal in Benue State adjourned sitting, yesterday,  lawyers to former senate president, David Mark said that the petition filed by the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Daniel Onjeh, was incompetent, describing it as dead on arrival.

Onjeh had challenged the election of  Mark in the last February 20, 2016 rerun and filed a petition to the tribunal. He prayed for the nullification of the victory of Mark and asked that he (Onjeh) be declared the winner.

The tribunal had adjourned the pretrial on the case for lack of venue and motions were filed which the court needed to treat immediately.

However, lawyer to Mark, Mr. Kenneth Ikonne stated that the petition filed by Onjeh lacked the jurisdiction to be entertained by the tribunal hence it was filed  out of time.

According to Ikonne, “The petition of the petitioner (Onjeh) is dead on arrival because it was filed on the 13th March and the result was declared on 21 February, 2016 meaning it was presented 22days after declaration of result which was categorically against the electoral law process.”

Lawyer to Onjeh, Mr. Atejunji Oso however argued that pre-hearing had not commenced and Mark’s lawyers lacked the audacity to declare the petition of his client incompetent.

The chairman of tribunal, Justice Abdullahi Sanya adjourned the case to 8th June, 2016.

saying there were filed motions challenging the competence of the petition and that the adjournment would enable the parties in the case to file their interlocutory applications.

1 comment:

  1. Hon. Onjeh is a young man with many years to live. Can't he wait for God's time?