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NEWS UPDATE: Plateau LG polls hold Saturday as court dismisses PDP’s application

NEWS UPDATE: Plateau LG polls hold Saturday as court dismisses PDP’s application

The Plateau Province Local Regime elections will take hold as scheduled on Saturday, as the Jos appellate Tribunal dismissed the Peoples Democratic Political party’s (PDP) application for an injunction to halt the election.

PDP, through Edward Pwajok (SAN), its Counsel, had filed a movement before the Appellate Tribunal looking for an injunction to halt the Plateau Province Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) from conducting the polls awaiting the determination of its appeal against a High Tribunal sentence that excluded the political party from participating in the election.

The guide Justice of the Tribunal of Appeal (COA), Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi, dismissed PDP’s application on the ground that it failed woefully because of lack of diligent prosecution.

Oniyangi said, “The respondent (PLASIEC), had quoted subdivision 7(1) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as section of reasons why Saturday’s election must take hold so as not to create a vacuum in the Local Regime Areas (LGAs) but the appellant did not onrush that.

“We should not be seen to be violating the structure but to uphold it. Once again looking at the current state of affairs in Plateau, it’ll be unwise for us to add together to it.

“Thus, failure on the section of the applicant to address subdivision 7(1) raised by the respondent, the application for an injunction is bound to neglect and has woefully failed.”

The Justice, notwithstanding, upheld and granted the firstly prayer seeking an enjoin for accelerated hearing.

Oniyangi also dismissed the movement for an interim injunction.

The Justice and then adjourned the instance to Nov 22 for hearing.

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