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APC Nasarawa West Senate: Absence of judge stalls continuation of hearing

From Esther Akaa, Lafia 

The absence of Justice Nehizina Idumudia-Afolabi at the Federal High Court, Lafia on Wednesday, stalled the continuation of hearing of a case challenging the emergency of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Nasarawa West Senatorial District, Arc. Shehu Tukur. 

The Voice reports that the applicant, Barr Labaran Magaji, who contested along side Arc. Tukur, had earlier challenged the outcome of the election in court, alleging some discrepancies in favour of the winner.

The case, which was scheduled for continuation of hearing could not proceed due to the judge’s absence.

Speaking in an interview with journalists, Lead Counsel to the applicant, Ahmed Raji, SAN said the court could not sit due to the absence of the judge, stating however, that there was no cause for alarm.

“We have been asked to come back next week. We wanted the court to go on but unfortunately it couldn’t but there is no cause for alarm,” he said.

Also speaking, counsel to the defendant, Dr Mubarak Adekilekun said: “I understand  the judge wanted to make it down here but due to one reason or the other, she was unable to make it and it is natural for the case to be adjourned.

“All the parties have agreed in subject to the court convenience and our convenience that we are coming back on the 7th of September which is just next week Wednesday to continue from where we stopped.”

On his part, the applicant, Barr Magaji, said the absence of the judge was natural and not  deliberate, calling on his supporters to exercise patience as the court will reconvene for the continuation of hearing of the case soon.

He expressed optimism that the court would do all it could to ensure that justice is served.

“We are struggling for justice to prevail and there is no way we are going to sacrifice justice in search for peace, therefore, justice can only be delayed but certainly can never be denied,” he said.

Magaji, acknowledged his colleagues from the law school who came for the case, for their show of solidarity and appealed for sustenance.

He, therefore, urged his supporters to remain in APC and work towards the success of the party, come 2023.

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