Owerri - The Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal in Owerri on Wednesday struck out the petition of the PDP
governorship candidate, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, on grounds that it was filed out
Ihedioha is challenging the return of Gov. Rochas Okorocha by the Independent
National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the April polls.
The tribunal Chairman, Justice David Wyon, after
consideration of the arguments by both counsel, held that the petition was
filed out of time.
Wyon, therefore, struck out the petition for being time
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The Okorocha’s Counsel, Akintola Adeniyi (SAN), had in a
motion challenged that the petition was filed out of time.
Adeniyi had argued that the petitioner failed to pay his
necessary fees on the day he approached the tribunal, which amounted to making
the petition time barred.
He said the petition was filed on June 23, while the fees
were paid after the stipulated time.
Adeniyi submitted that since the filing was out of time and
the fees paid after stipulated time, the panel had no right to hear the
He, therefore, urged the panel to struck out the petition
based on the issues he had raised before the panel.
The Counsel to the petitioner, Mike Ahamba (SAN), argued
that the petition was not out of time and that the fees were paid as at when
Ahamba urged the panel to disregard the motion challenging
the petition, adding that the respondent’s counsel was only trying to buy time.