Abia State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal Sitting In Umuahia, 2nd July, 2019
Eight witnesses of the petitioners have given their testimony in the matter filed by Dr Alex Otti of APGA against INEC, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu and the PDP at the 2019 Governorship Election Petition tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State.
The state collation agent of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the 2019 governorship election, Mr. Michael Akpara, (A Star witness for the APGA governorship candidate) says his party and other parties made a collective report about the irregularities which they noticed with regard to the outcome of the polls.
Mr. Akpara stated this while being cross examined by the lawyers of the respondents in the matter filed by Dr Alex Otti of APGA against INEC, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu and the PDP at the 2019 Governorship Election Petitions tribunal sitting in Umuahia.
Mr Akpara said while he did not visit each of the over six thousand polling units and voting points across the state, he visited some and also relied on telephone and video calls he had with many agents of the party across the state to get information on what was happening.
The APGA agent in the election said there were contesting the outcome of the election in fifteen local government areas except in Arochukwu and Aba South Local Government Areas where according to him, the election was conducted in compliance with the rules.
In an answer to question from Chief Umeh Kalu, SAN, representing Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, Mr. Akpara noted that based on the result declared by INEC, Dr Uche Ogah of APC came second while Dr Alex Otti of APGA came third, stressing that there were contesting what he described as over-voting in the election.
One of the witnesses identified as, Mr Samuel Nkoro from Osisioma Local Government Area said he did not sign the polling unit result, and that the contents of his deposition were based on reports from polling unit agents.
On his part, Uzor Onwuchekwa told the tribunal that in his area, duplicate copies of the result sheet were not given to party and security agents while he made oral report of irregularities to the police.
Another witness, Chisom Nwogbe, from Umuakwu in Isiala Ngwa North local government, said his deposition was anchored on what he observed at various polling units and reports of polling unit agents in his area.
Other witnesses including Ihechi Chinedu and Vincent Ogbonna said their names, picture or signature was not on the party agent accreditation card issued to them as the party logo was on it.
Meanwhile the second panel looking into 2019 National and State house of Assembly election petitions in Abia state has fixed Monday and Tuesday next week for Mrs Nkeiruka Onyejeocha of the All Progressives Congress to open her defence in the petition brought against her and INEC by Mr Jude Ude Achara of the Peoples Democratic Party.
This followed the closure of the defence by the petitioner after calling his last witness.
The panel headed by Justice Cornelius Akintayo commended counsel in the matter for their hard work and level of cooperation which has made the matter to move at a fast pace.
People don’t hate the fulani. Some of my best friends are fulani . Umaru yar’ardua and his brother Shehu the bridge builder were from Daura and none was left in doubt as to their nationalistic intentions. The first cattle ranch in modern Nigeria was built in Obudu in 1951 and handed over to the East Central Government afterwards. Awolowo established one in present day Ondo state and Ahmadu Bello had one set up in Mokwa, Niger state of today. Kano had some of the best ranches in Nigeria.
The issue is the nepotism and body language of the president and the way herders have been killing with impunity all over the place without a single conviction and no serious action by the govt. We have the capacity and simple technology exists to fish out the bad eggs. Any state that doesn’t want grazing should be free to ban it.
The fact that fulanis move about doesn’t mean they are more migrant than the other ethnic nationalities. The igbos move a lot and throughout history of Nigeria, they’re the ones that have faced the most persecution and property losses. They’re are the ones that pay economic rents and taxes for their businesses. Even in the face of persecution, they remain the most integrated into the concept of one Nigeria yet they are killed and maimed at the slightest excuse.
It’s not a nation designed to work as a single unit in harmony. So much divides us and keep us apart. This govt is the worst culprit.
But I just keep wondering why we can’t go our separate ways if we hate each other so much. Especially the Igbo and the SS, if we the rest of the country can’t stand them, why don’t we just excuse them out of the unworkable contraption called Nigeria. The truth is if these people are allowed to exist on their own, they would have developed their regions to a state comparable to Dubai or Singapore. They will be welcome in other parts of Africa and the world to live and do business and repatriate profits home. They wont mind applying for VISA to Nigeria if they will be granted, else there is Mali, Rwanda, Ghana, US, UK, Sweden, Brasil etc where their labour and money spinning acumen will be welcome at least for the tax benefits and property investment. And the herders can continue to run about freely in what is left of Nigeria. They can even issue the cows passports and voters cards if they wish. Whatever is left for the farmers after herders destroy crops can be exported to the South at high prices for forex
Meanwhile when the food crisis gets bad, just like Isreal, our people shall device very high yield per hectare technology for food sufficiency and even export just like isreal from a desert.
Eight witnesses of the petitioners have given their testimony in the matter filed by Dr Alex Otti of APGA against INEC, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu and the PDP at the 2019 Governorship Election Petition tribunal sitting in Umuahia, Abia State…Read more: https://bit.ly/2J9bCPb#NGRCourtofAppeal #CoANigeria
Posted by Court of Appeal, Abuja Nigeria on Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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