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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Labour Party Raises Alarm Over CTC Delay To Thwart Appeal Case


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State chapter of Labour Party on Sunday accused the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abeokuta of a deliberate plan to delay its from filing an appeal at the Appeal Court.

The governorship election petition tribunal on Friday struck out LP petition challenging the election of Prince Dapo Abiodun as Governor of the state for lack of diligent prosecution.

The LP had filed a petition marked EPT/GOV/03/2019 at the tribunal to challenge the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for alleged unlawful exclusion of the Party’s candidate from contesting during the election in the State.

But Labour Party through its lead counsel, Monday Mawah said the tribunal has refused to release the Certify True Copy of the ruling to the party. 

Mawah alleged that, the delay to grant the party the ruling sheet was to prevent the party from appealing the ruling at the Appeal Court. 

He added that, the tribunal's "deliberate delay" was to further frustrate the party from submitting its appeal within seven days as stipulated by law.

"The tribunal on Friday dismissed Labour Party petition and tribunal has refused to give us the CTC order to appeal the ruling at the appeal Court. 

"It is a mere delay and we feel there's foul play somewhere. They are intentionally delaying the ruling in order to deny us file an appeal to re-enlist or file an appeal. 

"We applied for the ruling immediately on Friday and were given till 9pm to get the CTC and when we put a call through to the Tribunal secretary,  we were told to come back on Saturday.

"There's a ground conspiracy to frustrate the petition and we have within 7 days to file an appeal at the Appeal Court and already three days had gone out of the seven days, so that, our Appeal will be out of time".

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