A federal High Court presided over by justice Dorcas Agishi on Thursday 25th June 2020 has ordered the Chairman Election committee appointed by the l People Democratic Party, PDP, to pay Hon Jacob Dashe and Kumdul Nantim Plaintiff for delaying the commencement of hearing in two applications brought by the plaintiff.
Counsel to the plaintiff, Barr JB Mahwel told the court that the business of the day was to commence hearing but that would be based on the convenience of the court if the court is ready to listen to him.
The defendant counsel Barr Bitrus Dung while reacting to him said the defendant has concluded all his filing process including the affidavit and motion on the originating surmount so they are asking for an adjournment.
My Lord, we have responded by ensuring that all the filing processes are done but Dorcas Agishi insisted that the complaint lack grounds that why they could not file because of the long adjournment instituted since 8th May 2020.
The plaintiff counsel, Barr Mahwel, stated that my Lord we approach this court with an exparte application but it was turned down, we saw that the news to entertain our exparte application wasn’t granted and to us the defendants are not serious to this matter, so we urge the court not allow the defendants to go free but to pay the sum of 99_000.00 cost.
However, the defendant’s counsel, Barr Bitrus Dung called the attention of the court not to listen to the plaintiff counsel Barr Mahwel because the matter is still at its preliminary stage so for the plaintiff counsel to demand the cost is not ripe.
Justice Dorcas Agishi insisted that he has over delayed the plaintiff from proceeding with their application, after careful study of the argument; she decided to adjourn the hearing to 23rd July 2020 and slammed the cost of 10,000.00 for the plaintiffs.
However, the Wards and Local Government Chairmanship tussle in Wase Local Government Council of Plateau State suit hearing on the originating motion and application for two issues to be taken together has been stalled owning noncompliance to the plaintiff replied on point of law.
Hon. Jacob Dashe is challenging the Nansel Lakai and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on the conduct of ward Congresses held across the federal wards Wase LGA.
The Former Chairman of Wase LGA, Hon Jacob Dashe in his prayers alleged that the PDP Congresses conducted on 7th March 2020 was full of errors and that the party bridge the constitution and the party constitution which made him approach the court for the interpretation of the order.
According to Dashe, he alleged that the exercise was marred by irregularities and total disregard for the party constitution and the guidelines for the conduct of the congresses at various levels.
He, however, pointed out that after the ward congresses in Wase LGA, he Jacob Dashe came to the Electoral Committee, sent by the party, headed by the 1st defendant (Nansel Lakai) but he remained adamant that the exercise was peaceful.
He alleged to have decided to change the list of duly elected officers and illegally substitute with a different list. Hon. Jacob Dashe and others were said to have petitioned the party at the state level where the Appeal Committee was empowered by the guidelines to hear the petition within 24 hours.
The Appeal Committee was, however, said to have refused to hear the Appeals emanating from the Wards which prompted the petitioners to seek legal redress in the court of law.
The plaintiffs are asking for the nullification of the Congresses held, as a result of the fallout of the party congresses in Wase LGA, Plateau State, North Central Nigeria, came up at the Jos Division of the Federal High Court on Thursday.
When the case file was called counsel for the plaintiff, Johnbull Mahwel Esq, told the court that the matter was for mentioning and that there was a pending motion on notice which was duly served on various parties and rife for hearing.
However, counsel for the defendants, Bitrus Dung Esq, told the court that he got a brief on the case yesterday adding that the counsel that was handling the case withdrew from the matter and pleaded with the court for more time.
This did not go down well with Justice Dorcas Agishi who expressed his dismay over the delay by the defendants adding that it was annoying.