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Tribunal Rejects Akpabio’s Application To Stop Proceeding

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 6:41 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Joe Nwankwo  –  Abuja


The Akwa Ibom State National Assembly Election Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Thursday rejected moves by  former Governor Godswill Akpabio and Senator representing Akwa-Ibom Southwest Senatorial district, his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one other to stall proceedings before the tribunal.

The Justice Goddy Anunihun-led tribunal, in a ruling yesterday, refused the prayer by Akpabio, his party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for an indefinite adjournment of all the tribunal’s activities until it rules on an application challenging the legality of its sitting in Abuja.

The tribunal had adjourned to yesterday for ruling on the application by Akpabio, challenging the relocation of the tribunal to Abuja and the commencement of pre-trial proceedings in the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate who contested against Akpabio, Inibehe Okori.

But the tribunal’s chairman, Justice Anunihun said that the ruling was not ready.

When the tribunal chairman sought to proceed with the other business scheduled for the day, Akpabio’s lawyer, Offiong Offiong, SAN, PDP’s lawyer, Adekunle Oyesanya, SAN and T. Nweke (for INEC) objected.