Posted: September 2, 2011 in akume george
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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Benue State chapter, has written a petition against the Benue gubernatorial electoral tribunal Chairman, Justice Munir Ladan. The petition addressed to the National Judicial Commission (NJC) is in protest of the recent ruling against one of the prayers of the party’s gubernatorial petition. The party demands explanation as to why other judges exercised jurisdiction over certificate forgery issues whereas the tribunal sitting in Makurdi denied jurisdiction over such an issue which it termed a pre-election matter. The petition also seeks the NJC to query the tribunal over what the party terms unnecessary delay in delivering judgment. In a phone chat, the Campaign Director of Prof. Ugbah Campaign organization, Prof. David Iornem, confirmed that the party was not satisfied with the proceedings of the tribunal and thus felt strongly about the issue and has decided to write the NJC to establish its dissatisfaction. “…the party feels strongly about the ruling of the tribunal and I am aware that it has written a letter to establish this feeling. Everywhere else the tribunal is hearing certificate cases, I don’t know why their ruling is otherwise.” He said.

Also confirming, the state chairman of the party, Hon. Abba Yaro, said the party was not happy with the way the tribunal was handling the petition, alleging that the tribunal was intentionally delaying the ruling over their matters before the court.

 Meanwhile, the gubernatorial flagbearer of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Prof. Daniel Saror, whose pettion contesting Gov. Suswam’s qualification to be governor was also thrown out by the tribunal and has taken the matter to the appeal court, condemned the action saying, “there is no point for a petition against the tribunal chairman, if they feel that strong about the judgment they should proceed to the appeal court as I have done”.

It could be recalled that the Justice Ladan led tribunal sitting in Makurdi, recently dismissed two seperate petitions filed by Prof. Steve Ugbah and Prof. Saror, against Governor Gabriel Suswam of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The petitions had it that Suswam was unqualified at the time of contesting elections, claiming he presented forged certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were dismissed by the tribunal on the grounds that the issue is a pre-election matter as such the court lacked jurisdiction in such matters.

  1. Morris says:

    Let the will of God be done, the right person at the end will be their by his grace.


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