By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
At the continuation of the hearing of the governorship election petition at the High Court in Minna for the Niger State governorship election, Counsel to the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Barrister Jibrin Samuel, a senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN) on Saturday vehemently opposed the appearance of the Counsel for the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the petition before the tribunal.
The APC’s Counsel had argued that the Peoples Democratic Party’s Counsel was an active player in the state’s governorship election where he was the running mate of the first petitioner in the case before the tribunal, Umar Mohammed Nasko.
The PDP’s Counsel, Barrister Mohammed Kudu Ndayako was the running mate to PDP’s flag bearer in the last governorship election in the state.
Barr. Jibrin Samuel argued further that as an active player and participant in the said election whose result is being contested at the tribunal, Barr. Ndayako cannot be at the tribunal on the matter he was deeply involved in.
The APC’s Counsel while objecting to the appearance of Barr. Ndayako as a lead Counsel in the matter for which he is also an interested person, posited that since the PDP’s Counsel contested along with the first petitioner in the election as a running mate, it is professionally wrong for him, (Ndayako) to offer himself as Counsel to defend the petition.
But in his counter offensive, Barrister Mohammed Kudu Ndayako dismissed the argument of the APC’s Counsel as strange to law as according to him, there is no law that bars a petitioner from defending himself in any case before a law court or tribunal.
Barr. Ndayako stressed that the fact that he took part in the said election, he as a lawyer is not restrained by law to appear as a Counsel for his party in the petition before the tribunal on any moral or professional ground.
He urged the tribunal to deconstruct and discountenanced the argument put forward by the APC’s Counsel and acknowledge his inalienable right to defend his party’s position and intetest in the matter before the tribunal.
Chairman of the tribunal and presiding Judge, Justice John Ogbaji had after hearing the positions of the two rival learned Counsels, adjourned ruling on the objection by the APC’s Counsel to tomorrow, (Sunday, 19/May/2019 and for further hearing of the petition before the tribunal.