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Nasarawa, Benue election petition tribunal holds inaugural sitting

The Nasarawa and Benue states election petition tribunal sitting in Lafia. Photo:Kalu Idika/Radio Nigeria

The Nasarawa and Benue states election petition tribunal has commenced sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital.

At a combined inaugural sitting, the Chairman of the three-man panel of justices, Ezekiel Oyeyemi Ajayi advocated cooperation of all the legal Counsels for smooth and timely dispensation of justice.

Mr Joe Gadzama, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who responded on behalf of the counsels promised to cooperate with the panel of justices to enable them to do their work seamlessly in the interest of democracy and the rule of law.

When the first petition by the Nasarawa State Governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2023 election, David Emmanuel Ombugadu against the Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule was mentioned for prehearing, the lead counsel to the petitioner, Joe Gadzama adopted the petition.

Addressing the tribunal, the counsels to Ishaka Dikko, Adebayo Ade and Hassan Liman adopted their answers to the prehearing.

In his ruling, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ezekiel Oyeyemi Ajayi fixed 9th of June for continuation of pre-hearing.

The tribunal also entertained the petition by the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP challenging the declaration of Abdullahi Sule as the Governor of Nasarawa State by the INEC.

In the case between the Benue State Governor, Hyacinth Alia and the PDD governorship candidate, Mr Titus Uba, the tribunal adjourned sitting for 8th of June for continuation of pre-hearing.

Reporting by Kalu Idika; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu