Taraba State CJ Sets Up Appeal Panel for LG Election Petitions


Taraba State Chief Judge, Justice Josephine Tuktur has set up an Appeal Panel to determine the appeals filed by dissatisfied Local Government contestant at the just concluded LG Polls.

Members of the appeal panel are Justice Joel Filibus Agya, Justice Nuhu Adi Jalingo High Court Judges. Other members are Justice Alfred Yakubu of the Customary Court of Appeal, Khadi Musa Babaji of the Sharia Court of Appeal and Barrister Mike Tyonongo of Mike Tyonongo and Co. They were appointed in accordance with the provision of the law.

The need to set up the appeal panel arose from appeals filed by candidates who lost out at the election petition tribunal earlier set up to ventilate their grievances

About fifteen candidates of APC had filed petitions at the conclusion of the Local Government Council/Councillorship Election in Taraba State, the CJ had set up the Election Petition Tribunal to determine the cases of aggrieved candidates. Tribunal members were appointed from among lawyers for the Jalingo and Wukari Tribunals respectively. The tribunals which were headed by Magistrate Ephraim Usman Asha  a retired Magistrate and Executive Secretary of the Taraba State Judicial Service Commission and Barrister Hamidu Audu the incumbent Director of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice respectively. The Election Petition Tribunal held that the petitions were filed out of the time stipulated by law and dismissed the petitions for lack of jurisdiction.

Aggrieved by the ruling of the Tribunal,  all the Petitioners  appealed against the ruling hence the establishment of the Appeal Panel by the Chief Judge.

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The Appeal Tribunal has since commenced sitting.

Photos: Members of the Appeal Tribunal

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