APC, NGC Matter Hits A Snag


The ongoing petition matter before the Supreme Court filed by one David Fornah against the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the National Grand Coalition (NGC) party, has made little or no progress as it hits another deadlock, last Friday.

Justice Browne Marke was forced to make another adjournment after one of the defense counsels, Lawyer Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie raised objection on inclusion of two judges who formed part of the five Supreme Court judges.

Though lawyer Tejan-Sie takes the court by surprise, Justice Brown Marke in the circumstance had to invite lawyers of the two sides to a close door meeting to discuss the crucial issue raised by Lawyer Tejan-Sie and
after a successful discussion, Justice Brown Market later informed the court on the decision reached and based on the relevance of the issue and as a consequence had to adjourn the matter to this morning.

Justice Brown Marke however instructed Lawyer Sulaiman Banja Tejan-Sie to do his objection in written and must also serve his colleagues on the other side of the court.

He pointed out that it is the right of Lawyer Tejan-Sie to object, adding that it is not a new phenomenon in the practice. He went on to disclose that it has happened to him and others.

On Thursday, it could be recalled that the court had to adjourn after one of the judges was reportedly sick with Justice Brown Marke promising to have a full representative.

On Wednesday, February 28, the court could not sit again as both the petitioner and his lawyers were conspicuously absent.

The names of the judges who were objected to were not revealed as at press, but it is hoped that they would be replaced.