Bayelsa Guber: Documentary Errors Stall Hearing

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Hearing in the substantive petition filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate in Bayelsa State, Timipreye Sylva, against  the election of Governor Seriake Dickson, could not go on yesterday due to error in some documents before the tribunal.

During yesterday’s  proceedings, the petition could not be heard due to discripancies in the pagination of the petition.

Counsel to the petitioner, Sebastian Hon, prayed the court for adjournment till today to enable him reconcile the numbering of the pages.

The application which was not opposed by respondents was granted  by the three-member panel of the tribunal led by Kazeem Alogba.

The tribunal chairman, however, held that the petitioner’s counsel should make photocopies of the petition given to him (the chairman) and served on justices of the panel and the respondents for uniformity.

Hon pleaded with the tribunal not to count yesterday as part of the eight days granted the petitioner to prove his petition. But the respondents objected the application on the ground that it was premature.

Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), representing INEC, urged the court not to grant the request of the petitioner on the ground that it was premature.


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