By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, (PLASIEC), on Thursday 18th April, 2019, frustrated the ongoing proceedings in a case between Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the victory of Hon. Kparnim Nanloh Amos as the elected Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Council.
At the Plateau State Local Government Council Election Petition Tribunal Holden at West of Mines in Jos North LG of Plateau State between the petitioner, Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven of PDP and Kparnim Nanloh Amos, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission over the office of the Chairmanship of Langtang North LGC, the petitioner had closed his defense, as the defendants have prepared to open their defence.
A total of 38 witnesses testified during the hearing creating room for the opening of defense by the first Defendant In the subsequent adjoins date.
Unfortunately, the case has suffered another setback for non availability of polling units and wards result sheets requested to be tendered for screenings.
When the matter came up for hearing on Thursday, 18th day of April, 2018, Counsel to the first defendant, Barr Zulfa Rimven who sought that the tribunal Chairman should adjourn the sitting to another date to enable him obtain results of polling units and wards results of Langtang North Local Government Council.
According to him, the Thursday seating was for the first respondent to open defenses, but to the greatest dismay, the third respondent, which is PLASIEC has failed to make available the result sheets of the last local government elections for perusal and vetting.
The Chairman of PLASIEC, Mr. Fibian Ntung Ari, represented by the Secretary failed to provide the needed information required for the opening of defense.
Rimven explained that the absence of the 10th Oct 2018 polling units and wards collation results would affect his case so he has written to PLASIEC to produce the wards, polling units for onward inspection.
Zulfa told the tribunal that PLASIEC couldn’t make available to him due to inability of the Chairman of Plateau State independent Electoral commission to furnish him with the details to be tendered before the Honourable tribunal,.
However, counsel to the 3rd respondence, Barr Sunday Obende told the trial tribunal that he didn’t object to the application.
The Counsel to PLASIEC who is the Former Nigerian Bar Association, NBA Chairman, Barr. Ledak Dafer also said no objections, but explained that due to the difficult process for the Chairman to go into the room to begin searching for the result sheets of Langtang North LGA, the Chairman order the secretary to do so when the the (secretary) is in court.
The plaintiff counsel, Barr. Oguala Harrison also didn’t object to the application ,urging the defense counsel to ensure that he produce the needed documents to fast track speeding judgement without delay .
Justice J. K Binjin however adjourned the sitting to 24th April, 2019 for the first defendant, Hon Kparnim Nanloh Amos to open his defense.