The Abuja Division of the Appeal Court on Monday resumed hearing on the Peoples Democratic Party’s crisis in Ondo State, about a week after it was suspended following allegations of bribery.
The court had on Tuesday adjourned the matter after a factional chairman of the party in the state, Biyi Poroye, accused Justice Jummai Sankey of receiving bribe from Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
The court is to determine the right candidate for the November 26 governorship election between Eyitayo Jegede and Jimoh Ibrahim.
The two men represent the PDP factions controlled by Ahmed Makarfi and Modu Sherifff respectively.
The case was suspended after Mr. Poroye of the Sheriff’s faction accused the judge of bribery.
Mrs. Jummai and two other judges stood down from the case.
The case was reassigned by the president of the Appeal Court, Zainab Bulkachuwa, to a panel headed by Justice Ibrahim Salauwa.
At Monday’s sitting, a counsel representing the Sheriff faction requested further adjournment to allow him access documents from the registry.
The counsel, Godswill Mrakpor, said he had informed the court during its last sitting that he had a fresh application to make and that the application was only made on Monday morning.
He prayed the court for an adjournment to let him access the documents.
Mr. Mrapkor irked the panel as he spoke brashly, in an attempt to compel the court to grant his request.
Justice Salauwa said the action of Mr. Mrakpor was enough to warrant punishment but after various appeals for mercy by senior advocates from both sides, the application by Mr. Mrakpor was overruled. No further punishment was granted.
The case is still ongoing.
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