Justices of the Court of Appeal have decried the deplorable state of the premises of the appellate court in Benin City, Edo State capital.
Justice Bada made the concern known during a special court session to mark the commencement of the ‘2016 Legal Year’ of the Court of Appeal on Friday.
While briefing reporters after the proceedings, Thompson Okpoko (SAN), debunked allegations of dismissal of five justices of the court for corrupt practices during the sitting of the election petition tribunal.
The Court of Appeal had earlier debunked the online report claiming that the President of the Court of Appeal (PCA), Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, had sacked five justices of the Benin Division of the court.
The Head of Media and Publicity of the Court, Mrs Sa’adatu Musa, said that at no time was any Justice of the Court of Appeal sacked by the PCA or any other authority.
She added that the President of the Court of Appeal has no constitutional powers to sack any justice of the court.
The Delta State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba on Wednesday adjourned judgement of the petitions filed by the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) O’terga Emerho and Great Ogboru respectively, to a date that would be communicated before August 28.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Nasir Gummi, announced that the tribunal would communicate to counsels, the date for the judgement shortly after submissions from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents’ counsels against the suit filed by the petitioners to invalidate and nullify the result of the April 11 governorship elections in the state.
At the sitting, Alex Iziyon (SAN), the lead counsel to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petitions which he said varied with the petitioners’ evidences before the tribunal.
Counsels to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also aligned with the claims of the 1st respondent.
In replying their addresses, the lead counsel to the petitioners, Thompson Okpoko (SAN) and Dele Adesina asked the tribunal to look at the petition before it, based on facts of their submissions, asking the tribunal to nullify and call for a fresh election.
Governor Okowa was declared winner of the April 11 election by the INEC.