Plateau LG Polls: APC, PLASIEC Coun­sels’ Un­pre­pared­ness Stall Tri­bunal

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Seriki Adi­noyi

The first sit­ting of the Plateau State Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Elec­tion Pe­ti­tions Tri­bunal was on Fri­day stalled in Jos due to un­pre­pared­ness of Coun­sels to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and the State In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (PLASIEC).

A to­tal of 14 out of more than 70 pe­ti­tions filed by dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties were listed on Fri­day for pre-hear­ing by the Tri­bunal headed by Jus­tice Jovita Bin­jim

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) had filed more than 68 pe­ti­tions to chal­lenge the APC can­di­dates who were all de­clared win­ners dur­ing the Oc­to­ber 10 coun­cil poll

At the com­mence­ment of the trial on Fri­day, Coun­sel to the PDP, Mr. P.D Mark told the Tri­bunal that the pe­ti­tion­ers had filed all their re­sponses in readi­ness for the trial and urged the court to pro­ceed with the cases. But Coun­sel to the APC, Mr. Mermu Vic­tor Pwul ob­jected, say­ing that he was not pre­pared for the com­mence­ment of the trial.

He said the seven–day pe­riod al­lowed by law to file his an­swers to the pe­ti­tions was yet to elapse. He urged the Tri­bunal to ad­journ the trial to en­able him pre­pare ad­e­quately

Coun­sel to PLASIEC, Mr. P.A Akubo (SAN) who also ob­jected to the com­mence­ment of the cases on the grounds of un­pre­pared­ness re­quested for more time to en­able them file all pro­cesses.

Af­ter lis­ten­ing to the Coun­sels, the Tri­bunal Chair­man ad­journed the mat­ter till De­cem­ber 11 for com­mence­ment of the pre-trial

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