By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos — Tarok youths from Langtang North Local Government Area of Plateau State, who are supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Democratic  Peoples Party, DPP, yesterday, clashed at the premises of the state high court in Jos over a pending local government election case.

The case is between the PDP’s candidate in last February local government election, Mr. Nanmwa Kumzhi, and Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission, PLASIEC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as respondents.

While the case was ongoing in the court, the angry youths, who were arguing among themselves and distracting the court’s proceedings, were asked to step outside.

Shortly after they moved outside, the anger was renewed, leading to a free-for-all. But for the timely intervention of security men, the situation would have degenerated.

It would be recalled that Nanmwa Kumzhi, shortly after the local government election, dragged PLASIEC and his party, the PDP, before the Plateau State High Court sitting in West of Mines seeking the declaration of the Jat ward result of the elections which caused the delay in declaring the winner for the Langtang North chairmanship seat.
However, when the case came up, counsel to DPP, Sunday Obende, approached the court seeking relief to join as a party to the case.

The presiding judge, Justice S. Gang, in his preliminary ruling into the matter, struck out the application and counter-motion seeking the amendment of originating summon to allow the counsel continue with further hearing.

Counsel to the PDP, Mr. Sunday Oyewole, opposed the application and the motion on notice, saying the defendants were not part of the election and should not be allowed as they were not qualified to be a party in the case.

However, the case was adjourned till May 23, 2014.


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