The Niger State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Minna, the state capital, has affirmed that the counsel to the 1st petitioner, Mohammed Ndayako is qualified to lead the 1st petitioner’s legal team.
This was contained in a ruling delivered by the chairman of the tribunal Justice J. Igboji this Sunday, he said that the tribunal cannot on the basis of speculation disqualify Mr. Ndayako as there is no fact before the court that he will be a necessary witness.
Justice J. Igboji led tibunal said “The court do not act on mere speculations, …he could lawfully represent the 1st petitioner”
Speaking with NIGERWATCH NEWSPAPER after the tribunal’s sitting, counsel to the 1st repondent, Abubakar Sani Bello, J. S Okutepa (SAN), said, “Even though I’m not satisfied, that is the ruling of the tribunal. so, so be it.”
“One is not afraid of his being around, one was only afraid of his capacity to maintain a professional detachment from a dust of encounter, having personally being involved in the election in contest, but the tribunal in its wisdom says he can continue”
“So we will wait and see his capacity to maintain a professional detachment vis a vis his interest in the petition of becoming a deputy governor of the state as he hope so.“
The 1st petitioner’s counsel Mohamed Ndayako, said “The ruling is in accordance with the law, we are happy about it. My client, the petitioners are entitled to be represented by a legal practitioner of their choice”
The tribunal adjourned till Tuesday for pre-trial report.