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Tribunal adjourns for pre-hearing in suit challenging Ekweremadu’s election



Tribunal adjourns for pre-hearing in suit challenging Ekweremadu’s election

The National and State Houses of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in Enugu State on Monday dismissed until May 15, pre-hearing, in the appeal recorded by Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, testing the race of Deputy President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekweremadu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was proclaimed victor of Enugu West Senatorial race in the Feb. 9 National Assembly races.

The court had reconvened for the pre-becoming aware of the case.

Be that as it may, direction to the candidates, Mr. H. A. Bello told the court that the suit was not yet torn for, for example, time to record the applicable procedures prompting pre-hearing was all the while running.

Bello said the time inside which the solicitors were required to record and restore the pre-hearing data sheet, was seven days to pre-hearing.

He said the seven days mulled over in the guidelines of the council would begin to check from the date of administration of the respondents’ last procedures.

The director said that the primary respondent served them their procedures on May 7, while the second and third respondents still couldn’t seem to record their reactions.

“We can’t help suspecting that the issue isn’t yet tearing for pre-hearing because the time inside which the solicitors are to fill and return pre-hearing data sheet is as again running.

“We appeal to God for the intermission of this issue to such a period, that will be tore,” Bello said.

Reacting, advice to the principal respondent, Chief Justina Offiah, SAN, couldn’t help contradicting Bello and told the council that no time was remaining.

Offiah said that the candidate should create issues on notification for pre-warming and documented a similar seven days before it slipped by.

She said that the candidates had themselves to fault for neglecting to stick to the standards.

The direction to the second and third respondents, Mr. A. I. Ani, SAN, and Mr. Peter Eze lined up with the Offiah and contradicted any deferment as proposed by the candidates.

In a decision, the Chairman of the council, Justice Haruna Kereng maintained the contention of the applicants’ guidance and deferred till May 15 for pre-hearing.

NAN reports that ten different cases including the that including Sen. Chukwuka Utazi, former legislative head of the state, Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani and Chief Toby Okechukwu were additionally deferred for a similar reason.


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