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Supreme Court Upholds the election of Akwa Ibom, Abia States

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*BREAKING NEWS!!! Supreme Court upholds election of Governor Ikpeazu as Governor of Abia State

*BREAKING NEWS!!! Supreme Court upholds Akwa Ibom Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Election

In the ruling on Wednesday, the court said Governor Emmanuel won the lawfully cast votes, setting aside the earlier ruling of the two lower courts.

The Court also upheld Governor Emmanuel’s Appeal challenging the cancellation of the results of the elections held in 13 local governments.

In the ruling, the appeal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, challenging the cancellation of election results in some local government areas, was also upheld.

Reasons for verdict are to be given on February 15.

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The supreme court is now hearing the last cross appeal between Governor Ikpeazu of Abia and Alex Otti of APGA. In about 30mins the court will rise. Thereafter the judgement will be read subsequently. 

**Court goes on break. To resume by 5:30 pm. Two more appeals from Abia will be heard when the court resumes before final judgment on Akwa Ibom and Abia cases.**

“The card reader is a computer and pw48 tendered it as exhibit 317 yet he was not the maker and could not explain it’s workability. The attitude of the court is clear on this, that once the maker of a document is kept away from cross examination on his document, such a document should be kept away as it lacks value. 

The court of Appeal refered to 448,307 As The Number Of Accredited Voters and used that to declare that there was over voting. It Did Not Refer In Its Judgement Were It Got That Figure. No one knows the source. It was the evidence of a pw49. The tribunal had rejected the evidence OF Pw49 and all the evidences tendered by him.while the evidences of pw 50, 51 and 52 (Umana’s witnesses)were rejected by the tribunal. The court of appeal overlooked the decision of the lower court. PW 49 did not prove that 448,307 represented the total number of accredited voters in the state. The court of appeal did a grave injustice to us by using a simple fraction of the total number of voters to nullify the result in the state. My lord please correct this injustice and uphold the result as announced by INEC”

“The petitioner alleged that no accreditation took place in the Akwa Ibom governorship elections, but the judgement of the appeal court had it that there was over voting. It is illogical that over voting could be realise in an election where there was disenfranchisement. They also alleged that there was no voting, yet they tendered ballot papers as exhibits. Form EC8A(result sheets) used throughout the state was tendered by the petitioner yet he said there was no collation of results. No explanation was given for this contradiction. That “No voting” was used by the tribunal to nullify elections in 18 local governments while the appeal court ruled that there was over voting and nullified the elections in the entire state, relying on the information gathered through the card reader. 

The so called security reports alleging pockets of violence, were dumped at the tribunal and the makers of the exhibits were never invited to be cross examined in line with the Evidence Act. They didn’t call witnesses polling unit by polling unit.  My lord from whichever way you look at it, they have failed and we urge their lordships to allow them to fail.” – PDP counsel arguing for the Peoples Democratic Party at the supreme court.

**Judges have reserved ruling till later in the day.

*Hearing continues in few minutes as the judges now take their seat.

Case closed, court rises and the ruling to follow in a short while.

“Tribunal erred, by using the report of the police to affirm the testimony of the petitioner’s 4 witnesses that indeed the election was marred by violence. Indeed, a closer look at the same report by the same police indicate that voting in Akwa Ibom state ended at about 6Pm and thereafter collation commenced after which the results were duly announced. My lord, the statement by the police in fact goes ahead to confirm that election was held and collation carried out. That the police even attached the result of the election as their achievement in Akwa Ibom state on April 11. My lord, it is wrong for the lower court to pick just a part of the report that favours the petitioner.” Onyeachi Ikpeazu, counsel to INEC.

An electoral officer who testified for the petitioner alleged that she was harassed and stripped naked and material seized from her. She also claimed that the same fate befell her colleagues in all parts of the state. – Woke Olanipekun (UOU)

“Was she at all the polling units to witness her claims?” SC Judge

“No my lord”- Wole Olanipekun

“Tribunal erred, by using the report of the police to affirm the testimony of the petitioner’s 4 witnesses that indeed the election was marred by violence. Indeed, a closer look at the same report by the same police indicate that voting in Akwa Ibom state ended at about 6Pm and thereafter collation commenced after which the results were duly announced. My lord, the statement by the police in fact goes ahead to confirm that election was held and collation carried out. That the police even attached the result of the election as their achievement in Akwa Ibom state on April 11. My lord, it is wrong for the lower court to pick just a part of the report that favours the petitioner.” — Onyeachi Ikpeazu, counsel to INEC.

“My Lord one of our witnesses, a former governor and another witness a governorship candidate appeared as witnesses to testify that they where disenfranchised in their respective polling units.”- Wole Olanipekun (team UOU).

My Lord, the lower erred in law by ascribing supernatural, physical and legal powers on a single witness to nullify the elections in the entire state. The APC has failed to prove unit by unit that people where disenfranchised. Until the card readers are introduced into our country’s laws, it should not be allowed to be used to cause confusion in our nascent democracy. D. D. DODO Counsel to Gov Emmanuel.

The arguments by the Governor’s counsel has ended and now INEC through Onyeachi Ikpeazu is on the floor.

My lord, may it please you to note that we are not relying on card readers for our case, – Wole Olanipekun , lead counsel to UOU

My Lord, the lower courts ascribed supernatural powers to single witnesses per local governments to annul the governorhsip elections in Akwa Ibom state.” – DD Dodo, lead counsel to Gov Udom Emmanuel

The fireworks continue…

The Court session is presided by the Chief Justice of Nigeria Justice Mahmud Mohammed. And proceedings are ongoing.

 


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