Godwin AJOM, Calabar
The National and State House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Calabar has been truncated by striking judicial workers who have denied the tribunal access to the high court complex in Calabar.
The tribunal had announced that it would hold its inaugural siting at the high court complex in Calabar by 10 o’clock on Wednesday May 3,2023, but unfortunately, the striking judicial workers did not allow that to open.
Our reporter who was at the court premises around 10 o’clock on Wednesday morning observed that even the secretary of the panel, Akawu Bambur wasn’t allowed into the premises.
The secretary who expressed worry over the development said “we had discussed with them (the judiciary workers), that they should allow us to sit, they agreed, but surprisingly today we can’t gain entrance into the venue.
“We will communicate a new date because for today we cannot sit. You can see that everywhere is locked.”
Our reporter called the state chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) over the phone about three times to enquire about the development, but he did not respond.
In a notice by the JUSUN State Chairman Enya Etorti, some of the reasons for the strike include “implementation of the constitutional provision of the financial autonomy of the judiciary, payment of the 66 per cent balance and consolidated judiciary salary structure.”
The statement directed all union members to stay at home from May 2, 2023 until their demands are met.