Election Petition Tribunal To Adjourn Till 4 July


The national and state assemblies election petition tribunal sitting in Makurdi, weekend ,  has adjourned till 4 July 2011.

Among the petitions adjourned is the one  against the senate minority leader, Senator  George Akume.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Anselem Nwongwe also adjourned for further mention nine other cases brought before it during the weekend.

In the case list, petitions listed for mention weekend  were: a case for Senate, three for House of Representatives and six for state house of assembly.

Justice Nwongwe in his ruling stated that the cases were adjourned for mention to allow more time for respondents’ counsel to complete their replies to the cases.

In the suit no NSHA/EPT/EPT/BN/SEN/31/2011, Hon Tenrgu Tsegba of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is challenging the election of Senator George Akume who won the Benue Northwest Senatorial seat in the April poll.

Other cases listed included that of Dr Steven Omneje, deputy speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly whose election is being challenged by Mr Francis Agbo and Hon  Gbilieve Adugu, the minority leader of the state House of Assembly whose election was being challenged by Tersee Tsumba and Francis Agbo among others.

  The motion by Barr Yaji, counsel to Mr Francis  Agbo,  to inspect election materials  had earlier been granted.

Agbo was one time Benue State correspondent of TheNews magazine.

By Ubong George/Benue