Umuahia - The Abia Governorship Election
Petitions Tribunal, headed by Justice Usman Bwala, commenced sitting in Umuahia
Bwala said the tribunal was going to perform its duties with an open mind in
order to deliver justice.
"The tribunal is expecting hard work, dedication and
honesty from lawyers in the discharge of their duties before the tribunal.
"Lawyers should avoid presenting frivolous petitions
and applications, considering the nature of the business we have to handle and
the time frame we have to do it", he said.
Bwala later granted the motion seeking to serve Ikpeazu with
a petition by substituted means before noon on May 21.
He also granted the motion seeking the inspection of
election materials and issued an order that the exercise be performed on May
27, 28 and 30 with all respondents at liberty to attend.
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Bwala adjourned the matter to June 11 for mention and
Responding on behalf of lawyers, the Attorney-General and
Commissioner for Justice, Abia, Chief Umeh Kalu, said: "Abia has always
been lucky to have a formidable team of justices as tribunal members.
"I give you the assurance that the tribunal will
receive the best cooperation from the lawyers."
The tribunal had entertained two motions presented by Alex
Otti and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), through their counsel, Chief
Chris Uche (SAN).
Uche sought leave to serve Okezie Ikpeazu of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP), the petitions brought against him by Otti and APGA
through substituted means and leave to inspect election materials.
It is reported that other members
of the tribunal include Justices Ekerete Ebienyie and Olusegun Ogunyemi.