…As APC guber candidate begs for more time
By Titus Atondu, Makurdi
The Chairman of the Benue State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, Justice Adebola Olusiyi on Tuesday reminded Emmanuel Jime and the All Progressives Congress, (APC) that they have just 180 days to prove their case, and the time is fast running out.
Justice Olusiyi made the reminder before ruling on a motion for adjournment and extension of time brought by Jime and the APC through their lawyer, Mr Mike Attagher, who held brief for Yusuf Ali, SAN.
He stated that this is the third week that Jime and the APC ought to have opened their case but they are yet to do so.
He reminded them that election petition cases are time-bound, and the Tribunal has already exhausted 90 days out of the 180 days for hearing and determination of the case instituted by Jime and the APC.
Earlier, Jime and his party through their counsel, Attagher, asked the court to adjourn the sitting to Thursday, July 11, 2019 to enable them sort out documents to be tendered, saying that all the counsels to the parties in the matter had agreed.
Counsel to Governor Samuel Ortom, Chief Sebastine Hon, SAN, told the court that he was not objecting to the request for more time, but told the court that nobody contacted him for an extention of time, neither did he reach any agreement with Jime’s lawyers for an extention of time to sort out documents.
Chief Hon reminded the Tribunal that today was fixed for definite hearing, and no extra-judicial agreement superseded the decision of the tribunal at the last sitting.
He concluded that the case instituted by Jime and the APC is time bound and the applicants were the ones wasting time. He therefore made no objection to the request for extension.
Counsel to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Uyi Oguma and that of the Peoples Democratic Party Party, (PDP), Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, all aligned themselves with the submission of Governor Ortom’s lawyer, adding that, Jime and the APC could delay as much as they wanted.
The Tribunal Chairman thereafter adjourned the matter to tomorrow, Wednesday July 9, 2019 for definite hearing.