PoliticsGroup Seeks Probe Of Bayelsa Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal Chairman’s Appointment

Group Seeks Probe Of Bayelsa Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal Chairman’s Appointment

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March 04, (THE WILL)- The Bayelsa Professional Forum (BPF), has called on the President of the Appeal Court to launch an investigation into the processes that led to the appointment of Justice Adekunle Adeleye, as the Election Petition Tribunal’s Chairman, in the case between the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri and the Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Timipre Sylva.

The groups’ Secretary, Philip Erepa, in a statement on Monday, said such a probe had become necessary, following a viral petition written to the office of the appeal court’s President by Sylva’s legal team requesting the disbandment of the Election Petition panel chaired by Adeleye.

Erepa said besides all the allegations contained in the legal team’s petition, there were also insinuations that Diri and his Lawyer, Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, influenced the appointment of Adeleye as the Chairman of the three-man panel.

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He appealed to the President of the Appeal Court to probe the veracity of the claims that Oyetibo was a personal friend and classmate of Justice Adeleye and that through his influence the justice was handed over the case.

He said: “Apart from the allegations contained in the petition, we are appealing to the President of the Court of Appeal to probe the way and manner Justice Adeleye was appointed the chairman of the tribunal.

“We want the appeal court President to verify the claims that Oyetibo, who is Douye Diri’s lawyer and Justice Adeleye were classmates and personal friends. Among other things, we want the Appeal Court’s President to verify the claim that Governor Douye Diri, his Akwa Ibom State counterpart and Oyetibo, influenced the appointment of Adeleye as the tribunal chairman.

“The court should probe the claims that after Adeleye handled the case of the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Governor Diri reached out to the Akwa Ibom State Governor and requested him to help secure the services of Justice Adeleye.

“And fortunately for them, Diri’s lawyer happened to be a classmate and friend of the justice and in no time, Adeleye was named the tribunal chairman. How true is this? We also heard that the daughter of the president of the appeal court and her mother facilitated the entire appointment.

We are appealing to the tribunal to launch investigations immediately to verify these claims.”

Erepa called on the court not to sweep all the insinuations and allegations contained in Sylva’s petition under the carpet describing them as hitting on the nucleus of judicial justice.

He said “The petition is alleging that Justice Adeleye distorted the testimonies of the witnesses and that he refused to give Sylva enough time to call his witnesses as earlier agreed between the tribunal and Sylva’s legal team.

“How can you give only seven days to call 234 witnesses and still insist on entertaining only eight witnesses a day against the earlier agreed 25 witnesses? The hurdle he created made Sylva and his team close their case after calling only 49 witnesses.

“After he reluctantly released his records of proceedings, Adeleye was accused of making many comments and observations in writing indicating that the tribunal had decided to favour Diri. Sylva’s team also claimed that the oral testimonies of the witnesses were distorted so much that in places where some witnesses said ‘yes’, Adeleye wrote ‘no’.”

“We are calling on the President of the Court of Appeal to immediately ask Justice Adeleye to recuse himself from the case to allow an independent investigation into these claims, which bother on the very essence of justice.

“The essence of the court is justice and for any case to have merit, justice should be seen as served and not manipulated. What we are asking is that justice must prevail in this case.”

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I have been practicing journalism for over fifteen years now. I hail from Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta state. Am married with children.

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My name is Aherhoke Odeh Amos Okioma. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Archeology with a second class Lower Division from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1989. I also posses a Diploma in Journalism ( in view ) from the International Institute of Journalism, Yenagoa Campus. I have been practicing journalism for over fifteen years now. I hail from Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta state. Am married with children.

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