Tribunals sitting on petitions from national and state elections in Nasarawa will consider seven petitions in coming weeks, the tribunal said at its inaugural session in Lafia.
The tribunal is sitting at the Federal High Court, against the directive for tribunals to sit at the state High Courts, because the state government is yet to sign the agreement reached at the national level with the Judicial Staffs Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).
Inaugurating members of the tribunal, its chairman, Justice Abdulkareem Aruwa urged judicial officers to adhere to professional ethics, as anyone found wanting would be sanctioned.
“Let me use this opportunity to sound a note of warning to all judicial officers not allow any political party or politician to compromise your integrity or your future. We must never again be used as tools to truncate our nation’s democracy. I assure you that any judge found wanting would only him or herself to blame as the national judicial council will definitely not spare the rod in ensuring that the honour, respect and independence of the judiciary is protected,’’ he said.
All three senators-elect in the state have been challenged at the petitions tribunal sitting in Lafia, capital of the state.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is facing a petition by his contender at the April 11 election in Nasarawa-West, Aliyu Wadada of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who is challenging the cancellation of results in some polling units in the area.
Senator Suleiman Adokwe (PDP, Nasarawa-South), who lost his bid to return to the Senate for the third time, has also petitioned the tribunal over certain cancellations, and is asking the tribunal to reverse the decision, and to declare him winner of the vote, based on the total votes inclusive of the affected areas. He is challenging the victory of Salisu Egyegbola of the APC.
This is just as two contestants at the Naarawa-North election are challenging the winner of the vote, PDP’s Philip Gyunka, alleging that his victory is not as a result of lawfully cast votes. The petitioners are: APC’s Idris Yahusa, and Sam Alu of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Daily Trust also learnt that the election of Rep. David Ombugadu of the PDP, for a second term in Akwanga/Nasarawa-Eggon/Wamba, is being challenged by APC’s Mrs Mary Enwogulo, just as Barrister Abdullahi Mohammed of the APC has also petitioned the tribunal, challenging the election of Nathanial Gaza of the PDP in Keffi/Kokona/Karu federal constituency.
The election of Rep. Mohammed Onawo of the PDP, for a third term is challenged by APC’s Yahaya Adams.
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