Election Petitions Tribunal begins sitting in Awka

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Awka, – The Petitions Tribunal in Awka commenced sitting on Wednesday determine the 30 petitions arising from the 2015 elections in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tribunal received four petitions from senatorial , 12 from House of Representatives and 14 from states’ assembly .

The Chairman of the three-member panel, Nayai Aganaba, at the inaugural sitting, solicited the cooperation of lawyers in determining the matters within the stipulated 180 days.

Aganaba, flanked by I.D. Garba and Gani Hamidu as members, assured that the panel would ensure that was done all petitioners.

He said “we have heard of unsavory situations during petition trials in the state, but we believe that is a do-or-die affair.

“The of evidence and rules governing electoral matters provided by counsel will determine whether someone won or lost the election.

“Any attempt try sway us in way or the other will ; the only attempt that will is to sway us toward advocacy.’’

The tribunal chairman urged lawyers to show respect for another and teach the younger lawyers what took to be lawyers.

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Earlier, the state’s Attorney- and Commissioner for , Mr Anali Chude, had assured the panel of adequate security and conducive environment to carry out their duty.

Also, the most senior at the inaugural sitting, Mr Nnoluka Udechukwu (SAN), prayed God to grant the panel members sound mind to discharge their duty without fear or favour.

He said “we shall give you all the cooperation that you need and assure you of our civility in making sure that you leave the state after duty your reputations intact.’’

The Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Awka branch, Mr Anene Uba, spoke on behalf of the state forum, welcomed the panel and expressed the belief that they would enjoy their stay. (NAN)