Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2019

Senator Elect Jev Challenges Jurisdiction Of Tribunal To Entertain Akume’s Petition

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

Senator-Elect for Benue North West Senatorial District Barr. Emmanuel Orker Jev has asked the National Assembly Elections Petition sitting in Makurdi to dismiss Senator George Akume’s Petition for lacking merit.
Counsel to Jev Vincent Ashiekaa Esq said this during the pre-hearing session of the tribunal held yesterday.
Sen. Akume of the All Progressives Congress, APC has dragged Barr. Jev of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP before the tribunal, alleging that his election as Senator was marred by electoral Malpractice.
Counsel to Sen. Akume Ishaka Dikko told the court that INEC has been frustrating them from securing documents for the case.
While counsels to first, second and third respondents that is Orker Jev, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC respectively, challenged the competence and jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain the suit.
Also, all parties in the matter prayed for extension of time to file and serve their respective applications and the case was adjourned to 27th May, 2019 for continuation of pre-hearing session.

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