Ekpenyong Vs Ekpo: Justice Ijohor Succumbs To Pressure

The House of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal for Ibiono Ibom State Constituency and in the case of the candidate of APC, Mr. Owoedinyene Ekpenyong (The petitioner), against the candidate of PDP, Hon. Godwin Ekpo (The respondent), was adjourned “Sine die”, pending the decision of court of Appeal over allegations of prejudice against the presiding Judge.

The Akwa Ibom State Chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC), had accused the Panel for gross misconduct towards her petitions.

Justice Jennifer Ijohor had so far dismissed seven (7) APC Petitions, Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency and Uyo/Uruan/Ibesikpo/Nsit Atai Federal Constituency, including five (5) State House of Assembly Petitions on the ground of technicalities.

An irrational hostile attitude towards petitioners’ Counsels and the lopsided rulings of those petitions prove a point that Justice Ijohor was dancing to the tune of PDP in Akwa Ibom State.

On several occasions, Counsels to the petitioners had been constantly maltreated and frustrated by the 3rd respondent (INEC) yet, they disobeyed the court order, refused to release all sensitive documents used on the 9th March, 2019 State House of Assembly Election in Ibiono Ibom State Constituency.

On 12th July, 2019, Counsel to the petitioner led by Barr. Emmanuel Akpan Esq, narrated that if uncompleted documents are tendered and witnesses are called to the dock, such process will amount to tantamount and a total abuse of court processes. Justice Ijohor on her side forced Akpan to tender those documents as exhibits and started calling in witnesses even when it was against his disposition but because of the Judge’s romance with INEC and PDP, she failed to summon INEC to heed to electoral guidelines and court order.

All cases at the Election Petitions Tribunal (Panel 2) have been adjourned Sine die pending the decision of Appeal Court over the allegations against her.

Mattello Felix Jnr