CHAIRMAN of the #election petition tribunal sitting in #Uyo, Akwa Ibom #State, #Justice Goddy Anunihu, has warned that members of the #tribunal will not tolerate #frivolous applications that may delay or derail the job assigned to them.
Anunihu, in his inaugural speech at the formal sitting of the tribunal, also urged #lawyers to work hard on their cases and be ready at all times to play their roles as officers of the court effectively.
He added that the tribunal and lawyers, as members of the legal profession, have a duty to carry out their functions with the highest degree of professionalism as it was the only way to ensure that justice was done in all the matters before them.
He said: “We are all aware that the petitions before us are billed to be heard and determined within 180 days from the date of filing.
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“Some weeks of the said 180 days have already elapsed. We should, therefore, be ready for serious work immediately the petitions become ripe for hearing on fulfilment of the preliminary requirements of the law.
“For the parties, their supporters and other spectators, I urge everybody to exhibit the highest degree of discipline.
“This sitting is intended to sensitize all persons who have interest in the petitions filed in respect of the governorship election in this state conducted on April 11, 2015 of the existence of this tribunal and its willingness to discharge the duties assigned to it effectively.
“We are aware of the enormity of the job before us.
“We appeal to counsel whose duty it is to direct and counsel their clients to assist us in resisting and overcoming any attempt to throw spanners in the works of this tribunal.”
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