Justice A. H. Suleiman, Chairman, Nationwide and State Meeting Election Petitions Tribunal in Kaduna State, stated the tribunal has acquired 18 petitions from candidates not happy with the result of the just-concluded 2019 polls within the state.

Suleiman, who addressed attorneys and newsmen throughout the tribunal inaugural sitting on Thursday in Kaduna, stated 10 of the petitions have been in respect of the February 23 Nationwide Meeting elections, whereas eight have been for the March 9 State Home of Meeting ballot.

Suleiman warned that absence of events and their Counsel is not going to cease proceedings of the tribunal, NAN experiences.

He added that the place vital, “acceptable provisions of the Guidelines of Courtroom or Observe Course (because the case could also be) will probably be invoked towards the defaulting social gathering.“

He careworn that “the events and Counsel are forewarned to desist from participating in any untoward act that will stifle the administration of justice.

“On this regard, any try and affect the Tribunal, in any approach or mode, ought to be completely prevented as such try shall be severely handled in keeping with the legislation.“

The Chairman emphasised that the Tribunal shall have zero tolerance for corruption and warned towards again door communication by litigants or their Counsel with the Chairman, members or employees of the Tribunal.

“All communications ought to be within the Open Courtroom. That is in our bid to see that justice just isn’t solely completed, but in addition seen to be completed.

“Importantly additionally, the Tribunal expects a lot from the authorized practitioners that will seem earlier than it to prosecute or defend their respective petitions.

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“That’s to say, Counsel ought to exhibit excessive commonplace {of professional} conduct and etiquette.

“To the members of the Fourth Property of the Realm, i.e. the Press, there is no such thing as a doubt that we’re companions in progress. We, subsequently, solicit on your utmost co-operation for the great of the society.

“We accordingly implore you to report the proceedings of the Tribunal precisely.

“You might be enjoined to eschew sensational cum inaccurate experiences regarding the proceedings of the Tribunal. It’s our perception that you simply all know the implications of doing in any other case.”

The chairman stated the tribunal would seat every day together with weekends till all of the circumstances are concluded.

“Election petitions by their nature are sui generis; i.e. in a category of its personal. It’s subsequently apparent that point is of essence.

“On this regard, we request the cooperation of all, particularly the authorized practitioners having petitions to prosecute or defend earlier than the Tribunal. Counsel ought to subsequently endeavor to stay dedicated and be up and doing.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Tribunal is not going to entertain pointless delay because the petitions will probably be handled with utmost urgency and dispatch. Counsel is additional reminded to keep away from the request for pointless adjournment.

“On our half as Judicial Officers, we’re below an oath to dispense justice with out worry or favor, affection or ill-will,” he stated.

In accordance with Suleiman, the Tribunal will afford all events enough and equal alternative inside the ambit of the legislation to current their circumstances to one of the best of their skill for adjudication.

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“To realize the noble goal of expeditious dispensation of justice within the huge petitions earlier than us, the Tribunal shall undertake and severely adhere to the next:

“The sitting of the Tribunal will at all times begin at 9:00am every day and will as effectively prolong to the night time.

“The sitting will probably be on everyday foundation and will embody weekends and public holidays.”

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