SENATOR JOHN AKPANUDOEDEHE V GODSWILL OBOT AKPABIO

SUBJECT-MATTER

ELECTION PETITION

ELECTION TRIBUNAL

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

FAIR HEARING

LIMITATION OF TIME

When the Constitution provides a limitation period for the hearing of a matter (in this case 180 days) the right to fair hearing is guaranteed by the courts within 180 days. Once 180 days elapsed the hearing of the matter fades away along with any right to fair hearing. There is no longer a live petition left. There is nothing to be tried even if a retrial order is given. It remains extinguished forever.

Per Bode Rhodes-Vivour J.S.C.

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