Tribunal reserves judgment on Imo governorship election

September 9th, 2019

From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu,

Owerri

After weeks of listening to argu­ments, the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Owerri,the Imo State capital has declared a yet to be announced date for judgment over who governs the State.

This came after the parties in the petitions adopted their final address­es. The court was besieged by teem­ing supporters of the candidates de­spite the heavy downpour that lasted hours on Sunday.

The petitioners include Chief Uche Nwosu of the Action Alliance (AA); Senator Ifeanyi Araraume of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA); and Senator Hope Uzodin­ma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

They argued that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emeka Ihedioha did not win the March 9 Governorship election in Imo State.

Nwosu, in his prayers told the Tribunal to declare him the rightful winner of the election or cancel it and order a supplementary election between him and Ihedioha.

On hispart, Senator Uzodinma prayed the Tribunal to declare him the winner of the election while Senator Araraume asked the panel to cancel the poll.

However, Counsel to Ihedioha, Onyechi Ikpeazu, (SAN); the Inde­pendent National Electoral Electoral Commission, Eke Ejelam (SAN); and the Peoples Democratic Party, KenNjemanze, (SAN); prayed the Tribunal to dismiss the petitions and uphold Ihedioha’s electoral victory.

While counsel to the APC gov­ernorship candidate, Olusola Oke, (SAN) said that the code of Tribunal made it illegal for the Tribunal to sit on a Sunday.

He askedthe Tribunal to adopt Sunday as a sitting day as to legalize the day’s proceedings, which the Tri­bunal immediately did.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Michael Adewara after listening to the parties, said the date of the judg­ments will be communicated to all the parties.

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