Akwa Ibom - The Akwa Ibom State Divine Mandate, a non-governmental organisation, doubts the All Progressives Congress (APC) chances at the Elections Petition Tribunal in Abuja.
According to the organisation, “all may not be well in the camp of the defeated governorship candidate, Umana Okon Umana, as his lead counsel, Wale Olanipekun, recorded a conspicuous absence in court while Dayo Akinlaja, who called the shots on Thursday, had already offered to be excused on Saturday.”
“It is not clear why the APC lead counsels are developing nausea for the tribunal only two days after the defense witnesses started testifying, although some analysts attribute it frustration following the consistency in the testimonies of Governor Udom Emmanuel/People’s Democratic Party witnesses,” Akwa Ibom State Divine Mandate said.
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It added, “The visibly rattled few members of the APC camp who came to the Tribunal were discussing the matter in hushed tones. They frowned at the erratic disposition of the lead counsel of the day, Dayo Akinlaja who shouted down at witnesses without necessarily making any point that could advance the crumbling case of the APC.”
It was reported that four other witnesses including a former Commissioner, Ufot Nkangude, also testified telling the tribunal that they voted in a peaceful atmosphere in their respective units.
Emmanuel was declared the winner of the election held in April after he polled 996 071 votes to defeat close opponent, Umana, who polled 89 865 votes.
Helen Esuene of the Labour Party scored 8 600 votes and while Samuel Akpan of the Accord Party polled 10 598.
- CAJ News