By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—The election tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, hearing the petition by Labour Party, LP, candidate for the Sagbama state constituency II, Mr. Banabas Edure, challenging the victory of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate Mr. Nestor Binabo, who is also the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, yesterday, admitted a letter issued in 1987 by the Rivers State School Management Board over the alleged dismissal of Binabo from service over a case of indiscipline.
While the petitioner withdrew other allegations, bothering on election malpractices against Binabo, it pursued Binabo’s sack by the Rivers State Executive Council, in 1987 and another application letter, purportedly written by him, re-applying for absorption into the state civil service.
At the hearing of the petition, Binabo, was called to the witness box under cross- examination by the counsel to the LP candidate, Mr. Andrew Arthur. He denied that his appointment was terminated as claimed in the letter marked exhibit 2.
Questions were also put to him on an alleged document showing that after his purported dismissal in 1987, he wrote an application to the Bayelsa Head of Service, seeking to be re-absorb into the service and also wrote again in 2007 for the same reason.
Binabo denied that he wrote the letter to the Head of Service, insisting that he had an untainted record while his service lasted both at the old Rivers State and Bayelsa State.
The termination of appointment letter was signed by Mr. S.C Argruba, on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, which was admitted as exhibit at the tribunal reads thus: “The Rivers State Executive Council has drawn the attention of the civil service commission to the fact that you have stained records which shows that you are not amenable to discipline. Consequently, in the spirit of present administration, and in accordance with decree No. 17 1(d) of 19844, your services are no longer required.”