PDP, Useni appeal tribunal judgment, demand Lalong’s disqualification


The PDP and its Gubernatorial Candidate, rtd Lt.-Gen. Jeremiah Useni (Rtd), in the March 9 governorship poll, filed a suit in the Court of Appeal challenging the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered on October 2.
Useni, through his legal team, led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and Edward Pwajok, SAN, with Benson Igbanoi, Chief Sunday-Gabriel Odey, filed the notice of appeal and formulated 21 grounds of appeal to overturn the verdict of the tribunal.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the tribunal had dismissed the petition of Useni and PDP on the grounds that the all the allegations raised in the petition were not proved and lacking in merit.
Justice Halima Suleiman-led tribunal had described the petition as “incompetent” and “lacking in Merit” and expunged all the evidences presented out of its record.
The tribunal had described Governor Simon Lalong as “very qualified” to have contested the  election as against Useni’s and PDP’s claim that he (Lalong) was not qualified for having three different certificates with different names all together.
Useni’s legal team pointed out that “the inescapable conclusion that ought to be reached by the Tribunal was that Lalong was not qualified to contest election.
No date has been fixed for hearing in the appeal.