The Akwa Ibom North West Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo has concluded pre-hearing sessions with respect to the petition filed by Senator Godswill Akpabio.
Led by Hon. Justice W. O. Akanbi, the tribunal has adjourned sitting to June 10, 2019 in order to present the pre-hearing report and commence substantive hearing of the petition.
Senator Akpabio, in his petition, is seeking to nullify the election of Dr. Christopher Ekpenyong as the Senator-elect for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District.
During the pre-hearing sessions, the tribunal heard and gave rulings with regards to various applications filed by petitioners and respondents counsel.
The tribunal also admitted and marked as exhibits some certified true copies of election materials tendered by counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr. Robert Emukpoeruo.
The number of witnesses to be called, timelines for their examination as well as other guidelines for the conduct of proceeding during the substantive hearing were also agreed upon during the pre-hearing sessions.
Justice Akanbi thanked counsel to all parties for their cooperation during the pre-hearing and urged them to prepare their witnesses for the substantive trial that commences on June 10, 2019.