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Delta Tribunal Adjourns To October 13

Posted: Oct 1, 2015 at 12:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Felix Igbekoyi


To give respective parties in the petition at the Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, it has adjourned hearing to October 13 for adoption of written addresses.

Before adjourning the petition to October 13 for adoption of written addresses, tribunal chairman, Justice Nasir Gunmi read out dates for submission of addresses and replies to the respective counsels. The petition was filed by Olorogun O’tega Emerhor of All Progressive Congress (APC) challenging the declaration of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the April 11 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

At the resumed hearing, counsel to third to fifth respondents (INEC), Onyinye Anumonye closed his defense without calling any witness but tendered documents from the bar which was admitted in evidence by the three-man tribunal headed by Justice Nasir Gunmi.

The documents admitted and marked as exhibits include smart card reader data upload of accreditation status as April 16, 2015 (Exhibit R30);  polling unit by polling unit without accreditation figures as April 16, 2015 (Exhibit R30a); receipt of payment dated September 17, 2015 (Exhibit R31); and certificate of compliance for exhibits R30 and R30a (Exhibit R32).

Counsel to the petitioners, Thompson Okpoko (SAN) had objected to the admission of the documents on the ground that the tribunal had earlier rejected same when the first respondent (Okowa) sought to tender them.

But the tribunal over-ruled the objection raised by Okpoko, stating that the documents earlier rejected did not meet the requirement of admissibility, while the ones that the third respondent sought to tender satisfied the conditions for admission. Meanwhile, counsel to the third respondent, Mr. Anumonye told the tribunal that he would rely on the evidence elicited from witnesses during cross-examination to prove that the April 11 election was duly conducted in line with the provisions of the law and electoral guidelines.