By: Valentine Adese,
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chapter in Plateau state has filed 77 petitions, challenging the outcome of the just conducted election by the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC).
Disclosing this to newsmen at the Tribunal premises, at West of Mines Jos, after the formal inaugural sitting of the State Elections Tribunal Panel lead by Jovita Binjim (CMC), as chairman, the State Legal Adviser of the PDP, Binchen Jantur (Esq), flanked by the State PDP Publicity Secretary, John Akans (KSM), said the party has filed 68 Councilorship petitions and 8 Chairmanship petitions.
Barr. Jantur explained that the PDP is not challenging the outcomes of Five (5) out of the 13 LG Chairmanship results and these include Wase, Kanam, Jos East, Shendam and Qua’anpan Local Governments (LGs).
According to him, “The PDP conceded to the APC in Kanam, Wase and Jos East local governments, but did not file petitions challenging the results of Shendam, and Qua’apan LGs for want of evidence”.
However owing to the huge number of petitions, the PDP Deputy Chairman, Hon. Amos Gombi has called on the State Chief Judge to set up two (2) other corresponding Panels in order to meet up with the 90 days expected for the Tribunal to deliver justice to the 77 petitions.
Hon. Gombi said, “This is the first time the state is witnessing this volume of petitions. It therefore demands that the State Chief Judge looks into it and set up another corresponding Panel, at least two extra in order to meet up with the time limit set by Law for the Tribunal to deliver justice on the petitions”.
“You would recall that over 40 days have already lapsed before the inauguration sitting of the Panel today”. He added.
On his part, the All Progressives Congress Chairman (APC), Hon. Letep Dabang expressed confidence that the APC would still come out victorious at the Tribunal, as they did at the polls.
He said, “We campaigned, worked hard and we won. As a party we are not worried about the petitions or their numbers. I call on all political parties to accept the outcome of all the petitions in good faith, as we believe the Tribunal will do justice to the petitions”.