Tribunal chairman bars journalists from protecting election petition court cases


The Chairman of the Local Government election petition tribunal in Ogun Direct, Rotimi Onafadeji, on Wednesday barred journalists from protecting court cases at the panel.

Journalists had long previous to the Court docket 1 of the Justice of the Peace Court docket in Isabo, Abeokuta, the relate capital, the venue of the panel.

At around 8: 46 a.m., journalists had arrived the court room, staring at for the panel participants to near.

As rapidly as the panel participants arrived and location their eyes on journalists, the chairman suggested journalists no longer to file or duvet the proceeding.

“Please, all press men that are right here, there is never this type of thing as a digicam recording, audio recording , cellular phone recording nor reporting of the panel, Thank you,” Mr Onafadeji mentioned.

However Monday Mawah, a licensed knowledgeable representing the Recent Nigeria Of us’s Celebration (NNPP) at the panel, adverse the chairman, insisting that journalists need to be a phase of the court cases.

“Media is phase of the machine, they need to be enable to in discovering what goes on,” the licensed knowledgeable mentioned.

“Because it is all about transparency. It is far no longer all about justice, it’ll be justice that is seen to be performed by the general man and no longer simply we in the court. How will the general man recognize what is being performed right here if the media is barred from protecting court cases.”

The tribunal begun sitting in Ogun Direct with the petitions filed by the NNPP and assorted political parties to recognize redress over an alleged electoral fraud in the final council pollin the relate.

NNPP, among others, had approached the tribunal with petitions to disaster the LG polls held in the relate on July 24.

The council polls, by which the All Progressives Congress obtained in all of the local governments, was once marred by allegations of electoral fraud.

Several political parties in the relate, including the NNPP and the Motion Alliance are anxious the APC’s victory at the panel.


On Wednesday, Mr Mawah told the panel that the Ogun Direct Self ample Electoral Fee (OGSIEC) has no longer filed a response to the petition filed by his client, the NNPP.

Responding, the tribunal chairman gave OGSIEC one week to file a response to the NNPP.

Speaking with journalists after the sitting, the NNPP licensed knowledgeable mentioned the tribunal had adjourned the case till October 29 to enable the respondent answer to the petition.

“For as of late, we’re k. Correct as I made it known to the tribunal that there is never this type of thing as a need for them to raze anytime in responding,” he mentioned.

“We anticipated that by the next date, and I if truth be told devour also told the tribunal no longer to raze anytime, file the total thing they need to file, so that we’re going to no longer raze anytime after we’re coming for the trial.”

In his response, the counsel to OGSIEC, Adeola Olatoye, promised to file all of the predominant responses before the next adjourned date announcing that the electoral body wants a like a flash trial.

“The tribunal gave us all of the week and told us to be time conscious to be ready to be clear a like a flash trial of the petition,” he mentioned.

“It has been adjourned so that we are in a position to originate the requisite. We’ve no longer filed our answer so will originate that before the next date, 29th of October. Sooner than then, we are in a position to devour performed the requisite and we hope, very rapidly, the court will deem.”

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