The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday at the Plateau state Governorship Election Tribunal made fresh accusations against the Peoples’ Democratic Party, accusing the counsels of stalling tribunal proceedings.
Recall that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its governorship candidate, Sen. Jeremiah Useni, had dragged Lalong before the tribunal challenging his competence and victory at the 2019 gubernatorial elections.
According to the counsel to APC, Garba Pwul (SAN), apart from tendering documents before the tribunal, the PDP were not ready to continue with the proceedings, expressing his dissatisfaction at what he called the lackadaisical attitude the petitioners were showing on the matter.
“It is frustrating that it is the petitioners who are complaining, they are the ones who have dragged us before the tribunal to challenge the election, yet, they are the ones derailing the proceedings,” Pwul said.
“We are ready to continue with the proceedings and we advise that the petitioners become serious because they are not up and doing, we want a serious change of attitude,” Pwul said.
Mr. Pius Akubo, counsel to Governor Lalong, on his part also expressed sadness that the petitioner’s counsels were not ready to proceed with the case. He however, advised the petitioners to put their house in order and come ready to continue with their case.
“By nature this case is time sensitive, therefore, we don’t have time, we have made our point to the tribunal and it was well taken, we advise that the petitioners put their house in order and come ready tomorrow,” he said.
Counsel to the petitioner, Mr. Mike Ozokheme (SAN), however, denied trying to stall proceedings stating that they had so far called 66 witnesses and tendered over 106 documents before the tribunal.
Ozokheme said that they were able to achieve this feat in just 10 days stating that they were ready to continue with the case immediately their witnesses were ready to testify before the tribunal.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Halima Salman had since adjourned the matter to July 11, to enable the petitioners present their additional witnesses before the tribunal.