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Election Tribunal Gets 30 Petitions In Abia

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 3:44 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emeka Okafor –  Umuahia


The National and State Assemblies Election Petition Tribunal Panel 1, on Wednesday, began sitting in Umuahia, Abia State capital, with a charge to members of the Bar to conduct their cases according to the rule of law.

Giving the charge while inaugurating the three-man tribunal, its chairman, Justice M.B. Wakili, disclosed that the panel has already received 30 petitions relating to the National and State Assemblies Elections in the state.

Other members of the panel are Justice P.I. Ajoku and Justice E.A.E Adesodun.

Wakili urged the Bar to cooperate with the tribunal “so that we would do justice to all parties that appear before this tribunal.

“Counsel as officers in the temple of Justice must ensure that their duty to the tribunal is paramount, and must abide by the ethics of the profession, which requires respect, honesty and decorum. You are, therefore, not to mislead the tribunal/court but to assist it to arrive at justice before the public.”

Wakili reminded all parties appearing before the panel of the constitutional provision of section 258 2011 as amended, “that all election petitions must be conclude within 180 days.

“It is to be noted that the 180 days start running from date the election results were declared by INEC.”

He said: “While we are on the tribunal, we are being looked upon as the embodiment of the ideal of justice. To this end, we must uphold the stability of this democracy by stamping the hallmark of legality on the conduct of our nation’s elections as it is through our eyes that justice perceives a wrong that must be made right.”

In his remark, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Ume Kalu, represented by the Solicitor General of the State, Barrister Enyinnaya Okezie, pledged the assistance of the state government to the panel in its assignment.