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Anambra Governorship poll: Tribunal begins pre-hearing of petitions

06 February 2014, 08:16

Awka - The governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Awka has received four petitions challenging the victory of Dr Willie Obiano of APGA in the Anambra governorship election held on November 16, 2013.

At the resumed sitting of the tribunal led by Justice Ishaq Bello on Tuesday in Awka, the tribunal received petitions filed by Dr Chike Obidigbo against Obiano and two others, Sen. Chris Ngige against INEC, Obiano, APGA and ACD; PDP versus INEC and 25 others as well as Tony Nwoye versus INEC and 25 others.

In the petition filed by Sen. Ngige against INEC, Obiano, APGA and ACD,Counsel to Ngige, luwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), said that the petitioner had withdrawn his petition against ACD.

“We have also filed a motion on notice asking the tribunal to direct all preliminary points of law or objection to be taken along with the final addresses of parties.”

Those who announced appearances were Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), Arthur Obi-Okafor (SAN) and Mr G.N. Uwechue (SAN) representing INEC while Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN) announced his appearance for Obiano.

APGA was represented by Patrick Ikweto (SAN) and Osita Nnadi (SAN), Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and Emeka Ngige (SAN) appeared for APC while Prof. F.C. Dike (SAN), represented Obidgbo.

Other lawyers who announced their appearances were A.O. Ajana (SAN) for PDP while Emmanuel Ukala (SAN) represented Tony Nwoye.

In his remarks, the Tribunal Chairman, Justice Ishaq Bello, commended the lawyers for their cooperation and adjourned the continuation of pre-trial conference to February 11.

"By the next sitting, we will allow room for more processes to be filed, while the possibility of consolidating all motions will be looked into, to allow for expeditious proceedings," Bello said.

All the counsels present said that they had filled their pre-hearing information forms as well as motions for extension of time to file other processes.

The respondents’ counsels mostly announced that they had filed motions seeking to strike out either some paragraphs of the petitions or the entire petitions for lack of competence.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the tribunal held its inaugural sitting on January 21.



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