Tribunal: Tell your clients the truth, Justice Elekwa tells lawyers

Justice Omaka Elekwa, member of the Plateau State National and House of Assembly, Election Petition Tribunal, has Friday in Jos, frowned at some comments against the panel, just as he admonished lawyers, to always tell their clients the truth of what transpired in the proceedings of the tribunal.

Justice Elekwa, said while responding to one of the respondent’s lawyer, soon after delivering one of the tribunal’s judgement that sacked the Speaker of Plateau State House of Assembly, Moses Sule.

“Always tell your clients the truth, tell them what really happened at the tribunal. Not what they hear from others or read on the social media,” he said.

Justice Elekwa, who handed the microphone to the tribunal Chairman, Justice B. M. Tukur, also frowned at some comments on the decisions of the tribunal.

“We have been seeing everything that is said about us. I had not wanted to talk, but since my learnered brother has talked on the issue, I will also comment.

“They paste my judgement of 2021, by-election in Kaduna, along side with the judgement of Election tribunal in Plateau. It was shared all over the social media, just to mock me, not knowing that in Kaduna we used the 2010 electoral act, while that of Plateau we used the 2022 Electoral act.

“Each case has a different backgrounds. We shall see the end of all.

“That is why there are 3 wise men up there to review,” Justice Tukur said.

The Member 2, of the tribunal Justice, O.A. Adetujoye, who also expressed dismay said no one is telling them what to do in all matters before then.

“We have been hearing all that are been said outside, some people will even molest you. We are doing our best.

“All is about conscience. We are guided by our conscience. We treated each case based on the facts before us.” 

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