Hon. Justice Jennifer Ijohor’s conflict of interest has become a burden for her, and so she has not been discharging her duties at the Tribunal objectively. One, the Petition number EPT/AKS/HR/08/2019 between Edidiong Efiong Idiong & APC (Petitioners) and Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, PDP & INEC (Respondents) in respect of Ikono/Ini Federal House of Representatives was struck out on the strength of interlocutory injunction application. This was despite spirited arguments by Counsel to the Petitioners drawing the Panel’s attention to the relevant sections of the Law to persuade the Panel. Of course, we have appealed the judgement.
Secondly, in Petition number in respect of Hon. Ekerette Ekpenyong and APC (Petitioners) against Hon. Michael Enyong, PDP and INEC (Respondents) for Uyo/Ibesikpo Asutan/Uruan/Nsit Attai (Uyo) Federal Constituency, Hon. Justice J. M. Ijohor frivolously denied an amendment sort to the Petition by the Petitioners during the pre-hearing stage. The decision has been appealed.
“The Petition of Ekerete Ekpenyong and APC had also been similarly dismissed by Justice Ijohor on the flimsy excuse that the name of the Federal Constituency was not written in full. Our lawyers’ spirited argument to have the Petition amended was rejected despite the fact that such amendments are routinely done at other Panels and indeed regular Courts.”