The National and State House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Lafia, Nasarawa State, held its inaugural sitting on Friday.
Naija News learnt that the Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr David Igoh while speaking to the counsels and petitioners during the sitting, promised to treat every petition on its merit.
Igoh also noted that they were on oath to ensure justice at all times and would, therefore, adhere to that to prove that the judiciary was indeed the last hope of the common man.
The chairman, who said the tribunal had 24 petitions to look into, sought for the cooperation of counsel to petitioners to enable it to dispense with all matters within the stipulated time.
He said the commission received petitions on six House of Representatives seats, six senatorial seats and 12 House of Assembly positions to handle.
Responding on behalf of the counsel, Mr Oladipo Tolani, assured that they would corporate with the tribunal to handle petitions without bringing technicalities to delay to time of the court. Igoh adjourned sitting to April 29, for proper proceedings.
Meanwhile, in another development, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the donation of $500,000 to the government of Guinea Bissau.
According to a series of tweets on the verified Twitter handle of Presidency Nigeria @NGRPresident, Buhari made the donations in response to an urgent request for assistance by the government of Guinea Bissau towards the country’s election.
In his capacity as Chairman, ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State, Pres Buhari, this morning, directed Minister of Foreign Affairs, @GeoffreyOnyeama to undertake an urgent mission as his Special Envoy to Guinea Bissau, in the company of ECOWAS Commission President,Jean-Claude Brou.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) April 26, 2019
The president, who is also chairman of ECOWAS, also donated 350 units of electoral kits, 10 motorcycles, five Hilux vans, and two light trucks to the country.