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Tribunal Cancelled 2 LG Elections without Evidence – A’Ibom PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party in Akwa Ibom State says it is still amazed that the elections petitions tribunal canceled elections in two local Government Areas that the petitioner did not raise any complaint, saying it amounted to granting decisions not sought by the petitioner.

“The Judgment was not in best practices of the Law profession, as the ruling and Judgment did not synchronize with established Supreme Court Precedents, that election can only be proved units by units and not by wards nor in Local Government Areas.

The lead counsel of the PDP Chief Tayo Oyetibo said the petitioner neither presented exhibit nor witnesses to prove that election did not take place in Ibeno and Udung Uko, yet obtained a ruling that cancelled the elections in the two riverine communities.

He revealed that, in Ikot Abasi and Ibesikpo Asutan the petitioner presented only one witness each, which represented one unit each, and explained that it was unheard of that election in an entire Local Government could be cancelled because of one unit.

These, among other reasons Oyetibo explained, was why the party is back in Court to seek redress against all the contradictions noticed in the judgement.

“We strongly believe the Court of Appeal will do justice by correcting all these flaws in the ruling of tribunal, and we also plead with the Federal Government to allow the independence of Judiciary to remain and their lordships should not be intimidated with threats.”

“We are in this country where the PDP Governments of Late Musa Yar’Adua and Dr Jonathan did not influence the Judiciary, for the first time the rule of law was allowed in this Country, and the ruling party lost in Edo State through the court process to ACN, same in Anambra, Ekiti and Ondo States.”

The PDP lawyer also debunked a news item peddled by the Nation Newspapers of Friday, October 29, and many other junk tabloids circulating in Akwa Ibom State, purporting that, he is now the lead counsel of Mr Umana Okon Umana of APC in the Court of Appeal.

Oyetibo in his reaction reiterated that, he represents Akwa Ibom Peoples Democratic Party State as Lead Counsel, maintaining that, “this cannot be changed as I have already gone to the Appeal Court to appeal the Judgment of the Tribunal that granted re-run in 18 local Government Areas.”

He warned that, the APC government should not interfere with the Judiciary, noting that the Judgment of Rivers State make a total mockery of the Judiciary. “This is not fair for a party that promised Nigerians change and a corruption free country,” he added.

Inibehe Udosen, Mbiaya-Uruan


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