Chief Justice of the Federation (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed

The Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission have asked the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, to intervene in ensuring prompt release of the Certified True Copies of judgments of the election petitions tribunal to enable its interested members to prosecute their appeal.

PDP’s letter signed by one of its counsel, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), was dated October 28, 2015.
The Rivers State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, had in its judgment delivered on Saturday, sacked Governor Nyesom Wike on the grounds that his election was not conducted in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

The State/National Assembly election petitions tribunals had also sacked 20 members of the Rivers State House of Assembly elected on the platform of the PDP on the grounds of irregularities that characterised their election.
But Obla, in his letter, specifically sought the CJN’s intervention in the release of the CTC of judgments of Mr. Wali Belief Azeru vs. Michael Okechukwu Chinda and Dr. Oto Gwung Dressman vs. INEC and others.

Obla said, “Our worry over the above became more heightened when upon our written application to the tribunal for the CTC of the judgment or in the alternative, a CTC of the hand written judgment to be made available to us as to enable us to decide on the required step as promptly as possible, in view of the limited time frame for any subsequent step to challenge the judgment, same was bluntly turned by the registry of the tribunal as it questioned the visibility of acceding to the grant of the CTC of a document it has no access to even as it also equally raised the issue of directive to the tribunal in the open court that no such request could be acceded until three days after the judgment.”

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