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Golu Vs Gagdi Election Petition: Technicality Almost Ruined PDP’s Case, Like Osun Guber

The Oasis Reporters

July 24, 2019

PDP’s Timothy Golu (left), APC’s Yusuf Gagdi.
By Moses Gbande, Jos

The Federal House of Representatives election case between Hon. Timothy Golu of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP against Hon Yusuf Adamu Gagdi of the All Progressive Party, APC on Wednesday suffered a set back following the inability of the petitioners to present their written addresses.

Hon Golu is challenging the election of Hon. Yusuf Gagdi as member representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam (PKK) Federal Constituency in the NASS election of March 9th, 2019.

Our Correspondent reports that Hon. Gagdi had rounded up his defence with a subpoenaed witness, Mr. Tobias Terzengme, who testified on how some results were canceled yet reflected on the final result sheet.

The Election Petition Tribunal presiding over the matter in Jos had fixed July 24th, 2019 for presentation and adoption of final written addresses by both parties.

However, when the matter was mentioned, in the suit number, EPT/PL/NA/01/2019, Counsel to the petitioners, J.M. Okafor told the tribunal that the matter was actually slated for the adoption of written addresses, but regretted that they could not continue due to unavoidable errors.

According to him, “we regret that only this morning, our attention was drawn through the third respondent’s address that he was just served yesterday by 8.00pm and would need time to respond”.

He admitted that the error was not from the third respondent and sought for an adjournment to enable parties to respond appropriately.

Counsels to the first respondent, Nantok Dashwar said he had no objection to the adjournment sought by the petitioners’ counsel, saying he was also served Wednesday morning at 9. 04 and would need time to respond.

Counsels to the second and third respondents, Pius A Kubo, (SAN) and J.J. Usman, all did not oppose the application for adjournment, neither did they ask for any costs.

The tribunal was however not happy with the errors that led to the delay in the process of service and warned that the tribunal would not indulge them for any further lapses aimed at delaying its time.

Greg Abolo

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