Adamawa tribunal warns against attempt to influence members

The Adamawa Election Petition Tribunal Monday has warned against any attempt by anyone or group to compromise members of the tribunal.

The tribunal said it has neither mandated anyone to act as its agent nor would assigned anyone to approach the public on its behalf for any favour, adding that anyone that does so was on his own.

The tribunal stated this at its inaugural sitting in Yola saying that its members were determined to work judiciously in view of the sensitive nature of its assignment.

Chairman of the tribunal Justice Suleiman Akanbi said the tribunal was committed to justice and fairness to all concerned.

“We don’t entertain phone calls, no text messages; we are here to do justice, we have our names to protect,” Akanbi said and called for public support to ensure fairness, justice and expeditious trial.

“It is a common knowledge that election petitions are sui generis-unique procedure of its own- to this end, we expect some amount of decorum, cooperation from all and sundry particularly, the bar as unnecessary adjournments and undue technicalities should as much as possible be avoided in order to ensure fair and speedy dispensation of Justice.

“We will also solicit the support of the media in giving fair and accurate reporting of proceedings.

“We assure you of our support and cooperation in ensuring that Justice is not only done but manifestly seen to be done.

“We will not condone undue interference, undue influence and consideration of any form. We shall do our duties without fear or favour, affection or ill will,” Akanbi said.

In his remarks, the state NBA chairman, Mr Aji Kamale, assured the tribunal of lawyers’ support and commitment for speedy dispensation of justice.

In his remarks on behalf of security agencies, Adamawa Commissioner of Police Mr Mohammed Sani said the police were committed to providing adequate security during the tribunal sittings.

The tribunal had received 19 cases comprising two for senate, seven for House of Representatives, and 10 for House of Assembly. (NAN)

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