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Adeyemi vs Melaye: Court orders fresh hearing of petition

Adeyemi vs Melaye: Court orders fresh hearing of petition

 

Hopes of reclaiming the Kogi West Senatorial District seat he lost in the last March 28 National Assembly elections brightened on Friday for Senator Smart Adeyemi.

Adeyemi, who contested on the platform of the People`s Democratic Party (PDP), lost to Senator Dino Melaye of the All Progressive Congress, who few days ago become the Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity.

The PDP candidate had alleged discrepancies in the election and headed to the Kogi State Elections Petitions Tribunal, asking it to nullify the election that produced Melaye as the winner.

Adeyemi alleged irregularities in the conduct of the election and the result declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission last March 28.

But the tribunal last June 18 dismissed Adeyemi`s petition on technical grounds of not filling his response within the stipulated time as contained in the Electoral Act.

Not satisfied with the judgement, Adeyemi sought the upper court`s nod to rule in his favour, arguing that the tribunal erred in dismissing his petition.

While giving judgment in Abuja, however, the Court of Appeal, overruled the tribunal and ordered fresh hearing on Adeyemi`s petition.

According to the court, in order to serve the interest of justice, the petition should be retried and that it should be accorded accelerated hearing, within 180 days.

“From the available record, the petitioner was reportedly served with the response of the defendant within 26 minutes that the response was filed at the registry of the tribunal, but for all intent and purposes, it is practically impossible for the petitioner to have been served with the response within 26 minutes, more so when the contact address of the petitioner is outside the tribunal premises in Lokoja,” the Judge, Justice Mohammed Adume, said.

The judge went further: “It is against natural sequence of human events for a court process to have been served on recipient in just 26 minutes when the recipient is not within the court premises.``

The judge also said:“Findings of the tribunal that the service was effected within 26 minutes were not supported with affidavit by the tribunal bailiff.”

“The tribunal was wrong in its hasty conclusion and in striking out the petition on technicality,” Adume stressed.

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