Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial candidate in the April guber election, Terhemen Tarzoor has won round one as the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in the state yesterday dismissed the motion challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain the suit he brought before it.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Elizabeth Karatu who ruled on the motion said that the tribunal had all the latitude to take every appropriate decision and ruling in order to help and aid the cause of justice.
Counsel to Governor Ortom, Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) had in his motion described the petition by the PDP candidate as an abuse of court process.
However, counsel to Tarzoor, Mrs. Joy Adesina (SAN) argued that the motion raised by the respondent was intended to prolong the suit and by so doing frustrate the process, insisting that all motions raised should be heard alongside the substantive suit.
In her ruling, Justice Karatu relied on Paragraphs 47(1)(2), 18(7)(g) and 12(5) of the First Schedule of the 2014 Electoral Act, as amended, and Section 3(1)(2)(3) of the Practice Direction, noting that a lot of time would be saved if all motions raised in the matter were heard alongside the substantive suit.
“It is the position of the Tribunal that all preliminary objections and motions in this suit should be heard alongside the substantive matter in order to save the time of the tribunal,” she said.
In another ruling read by Justice Katherine Ogunsanya, the tribunal also granted the application for the amendment of the pleadings as brought by the counsel to the All Progressives Counsel, APC, and second respondent, Sebastian Hon.
The tribunal adjourned sitting to the July 7, 2015, for continuation of the proceedings.

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