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#CrossRiverDecides: Election Tribunal Begins Sitting, As Chairman Issues Stern Warning


The Cross River State Election Petitions Tribunal on Monday started sitting in Calabar.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Vincent Agbata, whereas talking on the inaugural sitting held on the State High Court, Mary Slessor Avenue in Calabar, assured that the tribunal would dispense justice with out worry or favour. Other members of the tribunal are Justices Ishaku Kunda and Abubakar Bello.

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Agbata in accordance FearlessReports stated the panel won’t take a look at anyone’s face or standing within the public regardless of whose case they might deal with, including that they have been basically composed to serve the general public not influential particular person.

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His phrases, “We are here to serve you, to serve the public. We are here to work, to render service. It is not an easy job. At the same time, it is equally as easy as it is. A lot depends on you if it will be easy or difficult.”

Agbata cautioned that he has not recognised anyone to behave as his agent or consultant in the midst of the tribunal’s sitting.

“I’ve not appointed anyone as my agent. Please pay attention to that. I’ve not appointed anyone as my consultant, neither produce other members of this tribunal. We will keep an open door coverage. We are approachable. Every utility have to be completed whereas the tribunal is sitting, not exterior.

“In the course of this duty, we remain learned friends and at the end of the day, we expect you to assist us to achieve the desired result,” he stated.

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The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice within the State, Joe Abang, informed journalists , “As a results of the perceived wrongs perpetrated throughout elections, it was essential to arrange an environment friendly and dependable system to deal with election associated disputes.

“Consequently, election tribunals have been established to deal with seemingly perceived grievances arising from our chequered electoral course of.

“Election disputes are extremely delicate, contentious and controversial, a lot in order that the method of disposing them appears to place the judiciary itself on trial.

“I therefore urge you to abide by the oath of office you took and courageously and honestly discharge your duty without fear or favour.” He known as.

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Speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Daniel Edet stated the tribunal members mustn’t neglect that “you took an oath of office to work without fear or favour. Dispense justice according to the law. Justice must be seen to have been done by the common man.”

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