The National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Sokoto on Thursday adjourned to an undisclosed date for Judgemnt in the Petitions filed by the defeated Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP), Senator Ahmed Mohammed Maccido, against the winner of the February 23, 2019, Sokoto North Senatorial District Polls , Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko .
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Peter Akhimie Akhihiero, said while adjourning the matter , ” the matter has been adjourned for Judgment. The date will be communictated in due course .”
The Counsels for the Petitioners and the Respondents had earlier adopted all their final written addresses .
The Lead Counsel of the 1st Respondent, Dr Hassan Liman, SAN, said ,” in accordance with the Rules of the Court and the Electoral Act, the 1st Respondent has filed his written addresses dated 17/7/2019 and filed on the same date .
” We have also filed a reply to the Petitioners’ written address on 1/8/2019 . We hereby adopt the said two addresses as our final argument in this Petition .
” We are urging the Court to dismiss and strike out the Petition for being Statute -Barred as it was filed out of time, as well as lacking in merit. “
Lead Counsel for the 2nd Respondent, Chief Jacob Ochidi , also stated that , the 2nd Respondent has filed his final written address on 2/7/2019.
Ochidi explained, ” I herebey adopt the written address as the argument of the 2nd Respondent in this Petition.
” I am also urging the Tribunal to strike out the petition for being Statute – Barred , resolving all the issues of the 2nd Respondent.
” To dismiss same petition for lacking in merit and award substantial cost in favour of the 2nd Respondent, against the Petitioners. “
Similarly, Lead Counsel for the 3rd Respondent, Barrister Henry Eni-Otu, told the Court that,his Client has filed his final written address on 18/7/2019.
He averred ,” I want to adopt it as the argument of the 3rd and urge the Court to strike out the petition for being Statute-Barred .
” I am also praying the Court to dismiss the Petition in its entirety for being unmeritorious and speculative ..”
The Lead Counsel of the Petitioners, Dr Ibrahim Abdullahi said the Petitioners have filed their written address on 25/7/2019.
” We respectively adopt the same written address, making particular reliance on legal arguments.
” I am also urging the Court to resolve all the issues against the Respondents, to hold that , the Petition is not Statute-Barred and to grant the reliefs of the Petitioners. “
Responding, Dr Hassan Liman , SAN, commended the Chairman and menbers of the Tribunal for being diligent and working assiduously to ensure smooth proceedings.