Senator-Elect of Nasarawa South, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has urged the National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia to strike out the petition challenging his election on the February 23 poll, saying that the petition was filled out of time.
Al-Makura who currently serves as governor of Nasarawa State made the demand in an application filed through his counsel, Mubarak Adekilekun, stating that the petition by Senator Suleiman Adokwe, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP), was not done within the stipulated time frame.
The Counsel filed the application during the commencement of the pre-hearing session Tuesday in Lafia.
According to Adekilekun, the petitioner has filed his case outside the 21-days that a petitioner is expected to file his case from the date results of the elections were announced.
Similarly, Dr. Hassan Liman, Counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC), had also filed application demanding the Tribunal to strike out the petition citing the same reason.
Responding, Israel Usman, Counsel to Senator Suleiman Adokwe, said he had just been served with the application at the Tribunal, he therefore needed time to file his response.
Mr. Israel said that he would study the application and file his response within 24-hours.
After listening to the various arguments by the counsels, David Ugoh, Chairman of the Tribunal adjoined the sitting to Monday May 6th for continuation of pre-hearing on the petition.