From Angela Nkwo-Akpolu,
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.