Thursday 8 June 2023


By: Valentine Adese (JP),

Legal fireworks would hopefully begin at the Plateau State Governorship Election Tribunal sitting in Jos on the 26th of June 2023, the Tribunal has told parties in Pettion No: EPT/PL/GOV/03/2023 filed by Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, as it adjourns.

The Tribunal has also told parties in Petition No: EPT/PL/GOV/03/2023 and Petition No: EPT/PL/GOV/02/2023, filed by Dabwan Alfred Clark that sitting and hearing on the two petitions would be holding from Monday to Friday and from 9.30am to 4.00pm, with a break time of one hour thirty minutes in between.

The Tribunal in its Pre-hearing report also told parties that, the Court has distilled 3 issues in Petition No:  EPT/PL/GOV/03/2023, filed by Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda, who is challenging INEC and the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the polls, among other issues in the Pre-hearing report.

However, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda and the APC as Petitioners are urging the Tribunal to compel INEC to make available the BVAS, and other materials used in the Governorship election in Plateau State.

There are also strong indications that, the Petitioners may also be applying for Subpoena before the next sitting in this regard.

However, at the sitting and hearing of Petition No:  EPT/PL/GOV/03/2023, filed by Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda today, two Interlocutory Applications were determined and ruled upon by the Tribunal.

While the Application for adding additional witnesses by the Petitioners succeeded in part that filed by the 2nd Respondent was refused.

The Tribunal in its ruling on the Application filed by APC and Dr. Nentawe, to add more 4 witnesses held that, the names of two of the witnesses the Applicants intended to add could not be found in the Petition and on the witness’ statements hence, their inclusion were declined.

While the Interlocutory Application filed by the PDP, was rejected because it was filed out of time as provided by the Act.


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