Imo - The youth organisation in Imo State has called for the disbanding of the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal.
The Network of Imo Youths expressed doubts the tribunal would conclude the petitions within the statutory period.
“It is obvious from the conduct of the panel since its inauguration that the panel was not ready to conclude the petitions before it within the statutory 180 days,"said Chukwubuikem Amaefula, leader of the group.
The official said this was owing to its never-ending long adjournments, a development which had further given credence to the general feeling amongst Imolites the panel was set up to frustrate petitions of the All Progressive Congress candidates in the state.
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He said this was done by ensuring that none of the petitions before it reached the judgment stage within the statutory period of 180 days.
Amaefula said disbanding the petition tribunal would restore people’s confidence in the judiciary.
“The judiciary as the last hope of the common man should occupy a central place in every democracy and a tribunal charged with the adjudication of matters arising from electoral disputes should be fair in delivering justice to the people no matter whose ox is gored.”
Incumbent governor Rochas Okorocha, emerged winner of supplementary governorship election held in April.
He polled 31 326 votes while his closest challenger, Emeka Ihedioha, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) garnered 13 624 votes.
- CAJ News