From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Following last Friday’s declaration of Mr Ubandoma Laven of the main opposition PDP by the Plateau State Election Appeal Tribunal as winner of Langtang North Local Government election, the declared Chairman on Monday called on Governor Simon Lalong to carry out the decision of the Appeal Tribunal by swearing him into his office as the duly elected chairman of the Council.
Laven made the call while speaking with journalists in Jos, the the State Capital.
“I know our Governor (Simon Lalong) has respect for the decision of courts, as demonstrated by him in this same Langtang North in 2015, on assumption of office, when he swore in Chief Dan Dul as the duly elected chairman of the Council, following the order of an Appeal tribunal.
According to him, ”Governor Lalong being the father of the state, is one Governor that believes in the rule of law and due process.
He said, “We recall that after the out come of the Local Government polls in October, 2018, didn’t go down well with some of us, he urged the aggrieved parties to seek redress in the Election Petition Tribunal, which I complied leading to the Election Appeal Tribunal declaring the true winner of Langtang North Local Government election last Friday in Jos.
“My people came out overwhelmingly on the 10th October, 2018, and exercise their franchise for the candidate of their choice, but was wrongly given to someone else, but now that the Court has returned our stolen mandate, we will do everything humanly possible to deliver dividends of democracy to our people in Langtang North Local Government.
He added that despite all odds, the citizenry should continue to put their hope on the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.
Laven commended the
Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal, Justice Arum Ashom, for doing justice to the petition.
It would be recalled that, last Friday, the Plateau State Election Appeal Tribunal on Friday declared Mr. Ubandoma Joshua-Laven of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of Langtang North Local Government polls held in October 10, 2018.
Justice Arum Ashom, Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal, made the declaration in an over 8 hours judgement on the appeal filed before it by Ubandom.
Mr. Ubandoma Joshua-Laven, PDP Chairmanship candidate had challenged the declaration of APC’s candidate, Mr. Kparnim Nanloh-Amos, by Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), as winner of Oct. 10, 2018 LG polls in the state.
But Mr. Jovita Binjin led Election Petition Tribunal had, in a six hour judgement delivered on May 25, dismissed PDP’s only surviving Langtang-North petition for lack of merit.
Dissatisfied with that judgement of lower tribunal, PDP and Ubandoma, had approached the Appeal Tribunal and appealed against it and asked the tribunal to declare him winner alleging that he pulled the highest votes of the elections.
Consequently, Ashom, chairman of the appeal tribunal, delivering the judgement at the High Court premises, said, “the lower tribunal goofed when it dismissed the petition of PDP and Ubandoma on May 25.’’
According to the appeal tribunal, several mistakes were made by the lower court when taking decisions on some of the exhibits presented before it by all the parties involved.
The appeal tribunal faulted the lower tribunal for accepting a baseless result hurriedly presented by PLASIEC after the petitioners had completed their prosecution.
It described that result as worthless when compared with what were compiled at the various polling units as authentic results at the 17 wards of the area.
The tribunal gave the actual results for both APC and PDP as 14, 708 and 19, 599 votes respectively.
“With Ubandoma Joshua-Laven of PDP having scored 19, 599 as against 14, 708 votes of his APC counterpart, Mr. Kparnim Nanloh-Amos, he has met the required votes according to the law and is hereby declared winner and returned elected.
“Consequently, PLASIEC is hereby ordered to issue the 1st Appellant, Mr Ubandoma Joshua-Laven of PDP with certificate of return as the duly elected chairman of Langtang North Local Government.
“This is the judgement of the judgment of the election appeal tribunal, ’’ Ashom declared.