Wed. Feb 19th, 2020


The Plateau state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has protested against the constitution of “only one” panel to hear the 77 petitions arising from the Oct. 10 local government elections

In a petition to the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Yakubu Gyang, the party expressed fear that the petitioners might not get justice because one panel could not handle the 77 cases within the remaining 47 days it was allowed to sit.

Justice Gyang had inaugurated the Local Government Elections Petitions Tribunal on Nov. 23, 2018.

The tribunal, which is expected to begin sitting on Monday, Nov. 26, will adjudicate over eight petitions filed by chairmanship candidates, while 69 petitioners contested councillorship seats.

NAN also reports that all the petitions were filed by PDP candidates that lost the elections to the APC.

The petition signed by its Deputy Chairman, Amos Gombi, said “The period allowed for the petitions to be heard is 90 days. Already, more than 40 days have gone.

“By law, the tribunal has 47 days within which to hear and determine the cases, as at today (Nov. 26).

“Clearly, one panel cannot do this effectively,’’ it said.

The PDP urged the Chief Judge to constitute two additional panels “for the effectual disposition of these petitions otherwise time may lapse for some of them and justice will not be done to the petitioners’’.

The party observed that the state had never recorded such a huge number of election petitions, “even before Nasarawa was created out of the old Plateau’’.

“Even when the number of petitions were less, and there was even more time, many panels were created for effective and expeditious determination of those petitions.

“The minimum addition should be two panels in the interest of justice,’’ the PDP stated.

recalls that the APC swept the elections in the 13 local governments they were held.

Governor Simon Lalong
 had exempted four local governments – Jos North, Jos South, Riyom and Barkin-Ladi – citing security reasons.

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