Kereng disclosed this Monday during the resumed sitting of the tribunal in Enugu.
He said that the tribunal, which was still in pre-trial, had spent more than half of the time allotted it by law to dispose of the petitions.
He, therefore, appealed to counsels before the tribunal to cooperate with members of the bench in their resolve to dispose of the petitions within time.
Kereng expressed doubt on the possibility of concluding all the petitions within time considering the number of witnesses that would be paraded.
He said it was sad that all counsels insisted on calling all their witnesses, adding that one of the cases has over 110 witnesses.
“We appeal to all counsels to get the statement on oat of their witnesses. The tribunal has powers to streamline the number of witnesses but all counsels are insisting on calling all their witnesses.
The chairman however, said that the justices of the tribunal would not act in ways that counsels would feel they had not presented their cases.
“However, we will not allow counsels to stall our sittings. The tribunal shall allocate time and date for the witnesses to appear and testify.
“Any application brought one or two days to our sitting shall not be entertained,” he said.
Kereng, who noted that two members of the Bench are Christians, said that in order to meet up with the available time left, the tribunal would also sit on Sundays from 2pm.
Responding, Mrs Justina Offiah, said that members of the Bar would cooperate with the tribunal.
Luke said that the respondents could employ delay tactics, adding that the Sunday sitting was a welcomed development.
He said that the petitioners would work assiduously to meet up with what would be required of them.
“We take exception to the application by counsel to the first respondent not to come on Sundays. We are ready to come on Sundays because the respondents may try to waste our time,” Luke said. (NAN)