Symbol of justice
Appearances by two different counsel claiming to be representing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on November 9 stalled the sitting of a Yola High Court from hearing a motion seeking to vacate an interim injunction restraining the Adamawa State Independent Electoral Commission (ADSIEC) from conducting local government elections in the state.
Four PDP aspirants, comprising one Abdullahi Sambo, and three others, had on October 23, dragged the ADSIEC, PDP and the party’s Caretaker Chairman, Umar Damagun, to court over the conduct of the party primaries for the council polls.
The plaintiffs had sought and obtained an ex parte motion from the court restraining ADSIEC from conducting the up coming November 24 local government elections pending the determination of the case.
At the sitting on November 9, Mr. Abraham Halilu, and Mr. Ayo Akam, were said to have announced different appearances for PDP with each of them claiming to be the genuine counsel for the party.
Their argument on the matter, however, compelled the presiding judge, Justice Umar Bobboi, to adjourn the case for 20 minutes to enable the counsel sought out the problem.
At the resumed sitting, the counsel could not settle the problem as Halilu said he was giving the brief by PDP in Abuja to represent the party’s caretaker committee executive of the state, while Akam said he was giving the brief by the state PDP pointing out that there was an ex parte motion by the court restraining the caretaker committee from parading themselves as such.
Counsel to the plaintiffs, Mr Kemi Pinhero (SAN) and counsel to ADSIEC, Mr. Innocent Da’agba, expressed concern over the development, which they agreed had slowed the case.
In his pronouncement on the matter after hearing from all counsel concern in the case, Justice Bobboi said it was an unfortunate development that should not repeat itself.
He said the conduct of the two counsel had slowed the case down.
“This case torches on public interest so much and the earlier it is disposed the better,” Bobboi said.
Bobboi, who adjourned the case to November 16, said it would be fair and better to hear from PDP on the adjourned date on who among the two counsel was holding brief for the party.