By: Valentine Adese (JP),
The opining of defense of Hon. Kparnim Nanloh Amos, the current Chairman of Langtang North Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau State in the petition filed by Hon. Ubandoma Joshua Laven, of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), challenging his victory at the Plateau State Local Government polls, at the Plateau State Local Government Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Jos, the Plateau state capital, could not go on today, owing to the alleged inability and failure of the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), to provided requested documents to enable him open his defense.
The set back according to his Counsel at the Tribunal, was the inability of PLASIEC to Provide Hon. Kparnim Nanloh Amos polling unit and ward result sheets, which he wanted to tender to the Tribunal as the first Respondent in the petition.
His Counsel, Barr Zulfa Rimven, owing to the development, therefore sought for an adjournment of the sitting to enable him obtain polling unit and ward results of Langtang North Local Government Council from PLASIEC.
Earlier, Barr Rimven had explained that the absence of the 10th Oct 2018 polling unit and ward coalition results would affect his case, hence, he had to written to PLASIEC to produce the results for onward inspection and tendering.
According to him, “the matter slated for today is for the first respondent to open his defense, we apply for Subpoena, which has been served and we also applied for copies of polling unit and ward results of Langtang North LGA”.
Although the Counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr Sunday Obende, did not object to the application for adjournment by the 1st Respondent, the Counsel to the 3rd Respondent being PLASIEC, Barr Ledak Dafer, explained that due to the difficult process for the Chairman to go into the store to begin searching for the result sheets of Langtang North LGA, the Chairman order the Secretary of the Commission to do so.
Unfortunately, the Secretary was in the Tribunal, as at the time the explanation is been made by Ledak (Esq).
Reacting to the development, the Counsel to the Petitioners, Harrison Ugwuala (Esq) though did not object to the application for adjournment, urged the defense Counsel to ensure that they produce the needed documents to fast track the hearing and conclusion of the petition.
He said, “sadly you first seven day to open and close your defense has started running!”
After hearing all parties in the petition, the Chairman of the Tribunal Hon. J. K Binjin adjourned the hearing to the 24th of April, 2019 for the first defendant, Hon Kparnim Nanloh Amos to open his defense.