The All Progressives Congress (APC), has told the National and States Houses of Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu to quash the election of Hon. Patrick Asadu, representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South in the House of Representatives.
Asadu’s victory is being challenged by Mr. Ike Ugwuegede and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While adopting his written address, counsel to the petitioners, H.A. Bello claimed that there was substantial non-compliance with the Electoral Act and as such the election should be nullified.
Bello said he had filed a written address dated 19th July, 2019, filed the same day.
“We humbly adopt the said address as our final arguments on this matter. There is abject non-compliance with the Electoral Guidelines and the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended.
“Regulation 39, Sub 7 of the INEC guidelines for the 2019 general elections makes it mandatory for the results to be dated, stamped and signed.
“The word ‘shall’ makes it mandatory; it is for this reason that we urge Your Lordships to annul all the un-dated results.
“We urge Your Lordships to grant all the reliefs and claims by all the Petitioners,” Bello said.
Meanwhile, respondents of INEC, Asadu and PDP, had while adopting their addresses urged the Tribunal to dismiss the petition for lack of merit.
Counsel to INEC, Barr. Chris Obodo, told the Tribunal that the Commission filed written address on 14th July, 2019, adding that upon being served with the petitioners’ final address, he filed a reply on points of law on 25th July, 2019.
“We adopt both addresses as our final arguments in urging Your Lordships to dismiss this petition.” Obodo added that guidelines issued by the INEC do not have the force of law.
On his part, the PDP’s counsel, Prisca Ozoilesike said the Party filed a written address on 12th July, 2019 as well as a reply on points of law on 26th July, 2019.
“We adopt our final written address as our oral argument in urging this honorable Tribunal to dismiss the petition. We have nothing more to add by way of adumbration,” the PDP said.
On his part, Hon Asadu’s counsel, Barr. Tochukwu Nweke said he filed a final written address on 12th July, 2019 as well as a reply on points of law on 26th July, 2019.
He said, “we most respectfully adopt these processes as our final arguments in urging Your Lordships to dismiss this petition.”
After listening to their submissions, the Tribunal, led by Hon. Justice H.H. Kerang adjourned the case to 5th September, 2019 for judgement.