The Network of Imo Youths expressed doubts the tribunal would conclude thepetitions within the statutory period.“It is obvious from the conduct of the panel since its inauguration thatthe panel was not ready to conclude the petitions before it within thestatutory 180 days,”said Chukwubuikem Amaefula, leader of the group.
The official said this was owing to its never-ending long adjournments, adevelopment which had further given credence to the general feelingamongst Imolites the panel was set up to frustrate petitions of the All Progressive Congress candidates in the state.
He said this was done by ensuring that none of the petitions before itreached the judgment stage within the statutory period of 180 days.Amaefula said disbanding the petition tribunal would restore people’sconfidence in the judiciary.
“The judiciary as the last hope of the common man should occupy a centralplace in every democracy and a tribunal charged with the adjudication ofmatters arising from electoral disputes should be fair in deliveringjustice to the people no matter whose ox is gored.”
Incumbent governor Rochas Okorocha, emerged winner of supplementarygovernorship election held in April.He polled 31 326 votes while his closest challenger, Emeka Ihedioha, ofthe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) garnered 13 624 votes.
– CAJ News