Abuja - Hearing in a petition by the All
Progressives Congress (APC) against the election of Rivers governor, Nyesom
Wike of PDP could not hold in Abuja on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the hearing petition could not
hold because of the absence of INEC lead Counsel, Mr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN).
NAN reports that the Justice Suleman Ambrosa led three-man
panel, which convened for the hearing adjourned till Monday when they were
informed that Ikpeazu was indispensable.
"My lord, I left my office to the court this morning and got here on time as
our usual practice.
"I called the lead counsel (Ikpeazu) that I was already in the court and he
managed to pick his call and told me that he was fighting a cold.
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"I was able to get through to him, the second time and he told me that he will
not be able to make it to the court today.
"We all spend all through the night preparing documents and our witnesses for
the day proceedings.
"My lord, because of this development, I am praying the court for an
adjournment till Monday, Sept. 21,’’ Mr Alex Ejieseme, one of the counsels from
the INEC office told the tribunal.
The counsel to the petitioners, Mr Akinlolu Olujimi (SAN), the PDP counsel,
Chris Uche (SAN), and Wike’s counsel, Emmanuel Ukala (SAN) did not object to
It will be recalled that the APC and its candidate in the April 11 governorship
election in the state, Mr Dakuku Peterside are asking the tribunal to nullify
the return of Wike as winner by INEC.
The petitioners had on Wednesday closed their defense after presenting 58
witnesses to prove their case.