The Governorship Election Tribunal in Adamawa on Friday said it will not entertain unnecessary delays by petitioners in the state as it works towards the speedy dispensation of justice.
Chairman of the three-member tribunal, Justice A.A Adebara, made the statement during the tribunal’s inaugural sitting on Friday in Yola, the state capital.
He noted that only three petitions regarding the governorship election won by Ahmadu Fintiri of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were before the tribunal.
Adebara stated that the tribunal had only 180 days to determine the petitions from date of filling, hence the need for all involved to be fully committed.
“It is therefore our utmost desire that legal practitioners having petition to prosecute or defend before the tribunal should remain committed and be up and doing.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the tribunal will not entertain unnecessary delays as the petition will be treated with utmost dispatch.
“Counsel are therefore reminded to avoid the request for unnecessary adjournments.
“On our part as judicial officers, we are under an oath to administer justice without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.
“The tribunal will afford all parties adequate and equal opportunity within the ambit of the law to present their cases to the best of their ability for adjudication,” Adebara said.
While stating the position of the tribunal on zero tolerance to corruption, the chairman warned against untoward act that might stifle the administration of justice.
“In this regard, any attempt to influence the tribunal in any way or mode should be totally avoided as such attempt shall be severely dealt with according to the law,” he said.
The chairman also tasked the media which he described as “partners in progress” to report the court proceedings correctly for the good of the society.
“You should at all cost eschew sensational cum inaccurate reports concerning the proceedings of the tribunal. “It is our belief that you all know the consequence of doing otherwise,” Adebara said.
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