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Ekweremadu’s election: What happened at Tribunal on Monday

The National and State Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal in Enugu State on Monday rejected an application recorded by the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) to strike out the appeal testing the re-appointment of the Senator speaking to Enugu West, Ike Ekweremadu.

The applicant, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is testing the consequences of the Feb. 9 senatorial decision in Enugu West that returned Ekweremadu, PDP, as the victor.

The court Chairman, Justice Haruna Kereng, after tuning in to contentions by the insight in the issue, fixed June 10 for initiation of hearing.

Prior, the PDP through its insight, Mr. A. I. Ani, SAN, asked the council to strike out specific passages of the request which it considered “confused to the arrangements of the Nigerian Constitution on reasonable hearing.”

Mr. Tochukwu Maduka, who held the brief for Ani, contended that the passages that ought to be struck out raised criminal charges against people not recorded as respondents.

Ani said that the reliefs looked for in the application did not scrutinize the purview of the council in engaging the issue yet to hostile strikeout passages.

The insight, in this manner, supplicated the court to take a gander at the influenced passages and settle on the issues raised before hearing the request.

“These are not issues the council can sit tight for as they raise claims against people who host not been made gatherings to the appeal just as the fitness of a portion of the grounds of the request,” he said.

Ani said that the council would run afoul of the arrangements of Section 36 of the Constitution on the off chance that it neglected to strike out the influenced passages before hearing the request.

In any case, advice to the candidates, Mr. K. P. Luke portrayed the application as uncouth, misleading, and aggravating. Luke said that the council had the imperative purview to hear every one of the sections of their request.

“These sections allude to address the skill of our appeal. At this stage, the council can’t decide or strike out any part. “The law verge on skill is resolved on the day of atonement,” he said.

The guidance said that the utilization of the PDP was dead on landing as the critical sections of their oath were defective, uncouth, and contained legal petulant issues and contentions.

He said that such combative issues were in strife with Section — 112 of the Evidence Act.

Luke asked the council to take legal notice of its decision of May 15 wherein it saved administering on a comparable application until the day of atonement. The direction, along these lines, asked the court to disapprove the application.