MAGNUS Ngei Abe, former chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum downstream, has cried out over the non-release of the judgement and record of proceedings by the Rivers State National and state houses of Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Abuja.
Abe expressed disappointment that the tribunal was yet to release the copies of its judgement, and records to his lawyers more than six days after judgement was delivered against him and the APC in respect of their petition against the conduct of the senatorial election in the Rivers south east senatorial district held on March 28, 2015.
He said the request for release of the judgement would enable his lawyers study and proceed on appeal within the time-frame of 21 days as provided by law.
Abe told newsmen in Abuja that though his lawyers had applied for copies of the judgement delivered against him since Tuesday, October 13, the tribunal was yet to act on the application.
He, therefore, appealed to Nigerians in whatever position they find themselves not to play God , saying that the Rivers state APC was of the view that if the judgement was allowed to stand, it would be an ‘open ticket’ to politicians, and INEC, to do whatever they could to produce results on Election Day, and this should not be the case.
“It is important for the future of Nigeria that we appeal this judgement, the tribunal having delivered its judgement is functus officio in the case. They should assist and not frustrate our efforts to test the judgement at the appeal tribunal,” he said.
Abe said he had great respect and confidence in the judiciary and pleaded that the judicial authorities intervened to ensure that the quest of the APC for justice in Rivers State was not frustrated.
‘We wish to humbly draw the attention of the President Court of Appeal and indeed all judicial authorities to intervene and direct the tribunal judges to release our records accordingly.
“As Law abiding Nigerians we draw the attention of the public to this dangerous development and appeal to all lovers of justice to speak up before it is too late,” Abe said.
— Oct 19, 2015 @ 6:40 GMT