TRIBUNAL DISMISSES MOTIONS AGAINST SUSWAM • UPHOLDS WAEC’S PLEA FOR EXCLUSION FROM SUIT

Posted: January 19, 2012 in akume george, BENUE, makurdi, Uncategorized
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gov. gabriel suswam

The Governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi yesterday dismissed the application filed by the governorship candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Benue state, in the April 2011 general election, Prof. Daniel Saror, praying it to enter judgment against Governor Gabriel Suswam by default.

This is even as the tribunal upheld the application of the WAEC who sought to be excluded as a party in the petition.

In the case, the petitioner had prayed the tribunal to hold that Governor Suswam has failed to enter defense at the appropriate time and so judgment should be delivered in his favor and that WAEC should
be joined as a necessary party in the case as a defendant.

The petitioner’s counsel Mr. Chris Orpin  also urged the tribunal to sustain the inclusion of WAEC in the case since it issued two forged certificates to the first respondent who is the person of Governor
Suswam whom he said did not opposed  the application.

Delivering ruling on the two petitions, Justice S. E. Chukwu held that WAEC is not a necessary party in the case but only a necessary witness; noting that under the 2010 Electoral Act, WAEC is not necessary and therefore struck out the application.

On the issue of judgment sought by the petitioner, the tribunal noted that the sole grounds of the petition is on certificate forgery  in which the first respondent did not present such a document to INEC
and held that the application of the petitioner therefore fall and was dismissed.

Prof. Daniel Saror

Meanwhile Sen. Daniel Saror has been granted two days to open and close the case of non-qualification to contest the 2011 governorship race instituted against Governor Gabriel Suswam.

The case has been adjourned to the 24th day of January 2012 for hearing.

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