Port Harcourt - The Rivers State governorship election petition tribunal on Thursday dismissed the the protest of Gov. Nyesome Wike against the change of the chairman of the tribunal, reports Punch.
President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa had on Tuesday directed Justice Mohammed Ambrosa to replace the former chairman, Justice Mu’azu Pindiga.
At the resuming hearing of the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in the April 11, 2015 election in the state, Dakuku Peterside, challenging the election of Wike , the governor through his counsel, Emmanuel Ukala queried Justice Pindiga’s replacement.
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Ukala, who told the tribunal that he was appearing in protest, gave the tribunal the options of either adjourning the matter to enable his team consult on what to do or start the proceedings afresh.
Justice Ambrosa, however, dismissed Wike’s protest, saying the tribunal could not afford to waste more time.
The chairman noted that since the tribunal had 180 days to determine the petition, it must conclude its sitting by October 30.
He noted that as a result of the earlier delay and with trial just starting yesterday, the tribunal would have just five days to prepare its judgment when parties conclude their cases.
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