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Rivers Gov’ship election: Appeal Court fixes August 20 to hear ADP, Fingesi appeals

Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State

The Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt has fixed hearing for August 20, 2019, in the appeals filed by Action Democratic Party (ADP) and its gubernatorial candidate, Mr. Victor Tamie Fingesi against the rulings delivered by the  governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Port Harcourt.

The appeals could not be heard on Thursday August 8, by the 5-member panel of justices led by Justice J.O. Bada, because the respondents opposed the hearing on the basis that they were only recently served copy of the appellant’s brief and that they have 5 days within which to file their respondents’ brief.
It would be recalled that the 3-man trial tribunal led by Justice J.A. Orjiako, had on 4/7/2019, in its ruling, struck out several paragraphs of ADP’s petition and directed that the party file clean copies of the same petition. It also declined to grant the party leave to amend some clerical errors.
Dissatisfied with the rulings, the party filed two appeals before the apex court.
They alleged that the rulings of the tribunal was a surreptitious way of trying to technically kill the petition on its merit.
They further alleged that the directive was issued after the time for presentation of election petition had elapsed.

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