From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Lawyers representing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, Governor Bala Mohammad and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and the ex Governor Mohammed Abubakar have commended the governorship election petition tribunal in the state for exhibiting high level of commitment to the assignment before it.
They made the commendation in an interview with reporters at the end of the court’s third sitting held on Monday 17th July 2019 on the petitions filed by the All Progressives Congress and the former governor of the state Mohammed Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) and its candidates Ahmed Iliyasu against the victory of Bala Mohammed in the last election.
Recall that APC condemned the election over alleged rigging while the PDM wrote a petition to the tribunal against the ommission of its logo on the election ballot papers.
The PDP counsel led by Chris Uche (SAN) requests the court to strike out the APC petition on the ground that its candidate and former governor allegedly conceded defeat and congratulated the present governor after the announcement of the election results but later reversed his decision and came to the tribunal.
“ If he had done that, he ought not to come to the tribunal with this petition. So that motion is something we are going to contend in the court in the next adjourned date”. He explained.
Also speaking, the APC lead counsel Mamman Mike Usman (SAN) said they expected the pre-hearing session to hold on Monday 17th but was adjourned following a motion filed by the dependents.
He lamented that the motion filed by the PDP lawyers was not done in right manner as it was allegedly filed on Sunday 16th June around 6:30pm adding that they were also served on Monday morning which is he said was a short notice.
However, the presiding judge Salihu Shuaibu adjourned sitting to 1st July for Pre-hearing on the petition.