The Ebonyi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other parties to avoid technicalities as the panel commences sitting.
The three-member panel headed by Justice A. L. Ogunmoye gave the charge during the inaugural session of the panel in Abuja on Friday.
“It is common knowledge that the tribunal has 180 days from the filing of any petition to dispose of the same.
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“It is, therefore, incumbent on all the parties before this tribunal to cooperate with us in order to ensure that we deliver on our mandate within the available time.
“We enjoin all counsel to eschew technicalities and ensure that substantial justice is not sacrificed at the altar of technicalities.
“This is the only way we can effectively and efficiently deliver on our mandate,” he said.
Ogunmoye said though the panel would be sitting in public, it would, however, frown at an undue analysis of the proceedings that might prejudice its decisions.