Yenagoa - The Election Petition Tribunal
sitting in Yenagoa has adjourned to Friday, June 19, pre-hearing on a petition
challenging the election of Sen. Ben Murray Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East).
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Ononeze Madu, said this after granting
the application of the counsel to the petitioner to inspect documents used
during the election held on March 28.
The counsel to Chief Timipre Sylva, Mr Abong Odok Ogah, challenged the result
of the election at the polls at the continuation of the pre-trial hearing at
the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Yenagoa.
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One of the applications filed by the petitioner’s counsel sought extension of
time to file a reply, which was dismissed by the tribunal.
Ogah said with the request to inspect the documents granted, the stage was set
for the resumption of pre-trial hearing on June 19.
But the counsel to respondent, Chief Duro Adeleye, noted the second motion in
which the petitioner’s counsel had wanted to amend the petition so as to bring
in 11 additional witnesses to the original three listed.
"Now, the relief granted them was for them to correct typographical errors”.
Also, counsel to the third respondent, the PDP, Mr Samuel Brisbe, expressed
satisfaction with the decisions of the Tribunal.
Meanwhile, pre-trial hearing on another petition filed by the National
Conscience Party candidate, Chief Dekidie Dekidie, challenging his exclusion
from the Bayelsa Central Senatorial District election also took place on
Sen. Emmanuel Paulker of the PDP was declared winner by INEC.
Counsel to the petitioner, Mr Chuks Egbulonu, expressed the hopehat his
client will get justice at the end of the day.
"Exclusion from an election is a very serious issue. We are determined to
fight it to the last,” he asserted.
The counsel to INEC, Mr Adedajo Adedeji, had argued that the NCP candidate was
not validly nominated.
"The Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) stipulates the time frame, within which
nomination has to be done which is 60 days before the election,but what we have here is lesser than the 60 days. It is the law and it has to