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The 2019 Election Petition Tribunal for the National and State Assemblies elections in Ondo State has said that the Tribunal would not tolerate frivolous applications by counsels to draw back proceedings.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Nuhu Adi who spoke in Akure, the state capital at the inaugural sitting noted that the panel would work in accordance with the mandatory period stipulated by the law.
Justice Adi assured all petitioners and respondents that they would exercise their duties in good faith without any form of bias, adding that all forms of inducement or influence would be resisted.
The chairman of the Tribunal added that hearing of petitions would be done on daily basis including public holidays in order to meet up the 180 days period provided for hearing and determination of each petitions.
He said : ” We therefore solicit the maximum cooperation of all that involved in this exercise , particularly the legal representatives of the parties in all the petitions.
” The hearing of the petitions shall be on a day to day basis , including public holidays in order to meet up with 180 days period provided for the hearing and determination of each petition.
” The parties are hereby enjoined to be ready to work within the mandatory period stipulated by the law.The panel shall remain in absolute and firm control of the court until the exercise is over.
” On this note, the Tribunal shall not condone or allow frivolous applications calculated to draw back the proceedings. Unnecessary application for adjournment of a matter would not be entertained,as undue delay would portray the Tribunal as unserious.
” Any ploy by any counsel to waste the precious time of the Tribunal by engaging in asking irrelevant questions during cross-examination of witnesses… Read More...