By TERYIMA ANDREW-
Chairman elect of the Langtang North council Area of Plateau state, Ubandoman Laven, has appealed to governor, Simon Lalong, to respect the Appeal Tribunal and Swear-in him, as council boss.
It will be recalled that the Plateau State Election Appeal Tribunal at the weekend declared Ubandoman Joshua Laven, as the substantive council chairman of Langtang North.
Justice Arum Ashom,Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal, made the declaration in an over 8 hours judgement on the appeal filed before it by Ubandom.
The Appeal Tribunal, declared that Ubandoman Joshua-Laven of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now the winner of Langtang North Local Government that was held on Oct. 10, 2018 Local government Polls in the state.
Mr. Laven in an interview with Journalists in Jos, on Monday call on the Plateau state governor Simon Lalong to respect the decision of the Appeal tribunal.
”Governor Lalong as the Father of the state is one Governor that believes in the rule of law and due process and that was why when the out come of the polls in 2018 didn’t go down well with some of us, he urged every one that disagrees with the declaration of the PLASIEC to go before the election Petition Tribunal to ague out our case which i complied leading to the state Election Appeal Tribunal declaring the true winner of Langtang North Local government election last Friday in Jos.”
It will be recalled that, Mr. Jovita Binjin led Election Petition Tribunal had, in a six hour joudgement delivered on May 25, dismissed PDP’s only surviving Langtang-North petition for lack of merit.
Not satisfied with that judgement of lower tribunal, PDP and Ubandoma, had approached the Appeal Tribunal and appealed against it and asked the tribunal to declare him winner alleging that he pulled the highest votes of the elections.
According to the chairman elect, the masses of his people in the Local government council came out overwhelmingly to vote for him in the 2018 Local government polls in the state, promising that now that the court has returned his stolen mandate, he will do everything humanly possible to deliver dividends of democracy to the people of his Local government council of Langtang North.
He added that despite all odds, the people of his state should continue to put their hope on the Judiciary as the hope of the common Man on the Plateau and especially Commended Justice Arum Ashom, Chairman of the Appeal Tribunal 8 hours Judgement for doing justice to his petition.
Mr. Ubandoma Joshua-Laven, PDP Chairmanship candidate had challenged the declaration of APC’s candidate, Mr. Kparnim Nanloh-Amos, by Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC), as winner of Oct. 10, 2018 Local Government polls in the state.
The tribunal gave the exact resuls for both APC and PDP as 14, 708 and 19, 599 votes respectively.
“With Ubandoma Joshua-Laven of PDP having scored 19, 599 as against 14, 708 votes of his APC counterpart, Mr. Kparnim Nanloh-Amos, he has met the required votes according to the law and is hereby declared winner and returned elected.”
“Consequently, PLASIEC is hereby ordered to issue the 1st Appellant, Mr Ubandoma Joshua-Laven of PDP with certificate of return as the duly elected chairman of Langtang North Local Government.”
“This is the judgement of the judgment of the election appeal tribunal, ’’ Ashom declared.”
Speaking to Journalists shortly after the judgement, MR, Niri Darong, Counsel to the Ubandoma, described the judgementa as a victory to democracy and the people of Langtang North.”