From Austine Tule, Makurdi
The National/State Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi has dismissed the application for additional witness statement brought before it by the senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Steven Lawani, who is challenging the election of Comrade Abba Moro in the 2019 election.
The tribunal headed by Justice A A Adeleye, had earlier rejected Lawani’s application for the inclusion of additional witnesses in the petition after the expiration of the mandatory 21 days provided for such amendments.
In the ruling of Monday, July 8, Justice Adeleye gave the same reason of the expirations of 21 days provided by law and noted that the court would no longer entertain applications aimed at delaying the dispensation of justice in the petition which was time bound.
Commenting on the verdict, counsel to the second respondent (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP), Mr C T Mue, said a similar application which was thrown out by the tribunal, had been dismissed by the court of appeal with cost attached.
Mue said with the ruling of July 8, the petition appears to be losing a lot of weight because the issues the petitioner wanted to bring in through the backdoor have all been rejected.
Thé PDP lawyer commended the tribunal for being fair and firm in its dealings with all the parties in the case.
The AUTHORITY gathered that with the ruling, hearing proper on the petition would commence on July 15.