Akpabio v. Ekpenyong: Justice Not Judgment – Barr. Akpan

The Court of Appeal sitting at Calabar is about now delivering judgement in the Appeal filed by Senator Godswill Akpabio against the split judgment of the National Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal which declared Senator Chris Ekpenyong as winner of the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District election.

The Tribunal had held that Senator Akpabio failed to prove all the allegations of impropriety alleged in his petition to merit a disturbance of the results announced by Mike Igini.

Senator Akpabio had demonstrated how votes cast for him and APC were downsized on the orders of Mr. Mike Igini to give PDP an edge. There was also evidence of serial and arbitrary thumb printing and manipulation of figures by electoral officers.

The Tribunal chaired by Justice Akanbi refused to be convinced and gave judgment “against the weight of evidence”.

In a Minority decision, Justice Hafizu insisted that Senator Akpabio was robbed of victory at the polls.

The Court of Appeal has the opportunity to right the legal wrong occasioned by that electoral outcome. We cannot continue to play politics with judgments of Courts. This is Law.

The Court of Appeal is expected to deliver justice and not judgment; for judgment without justice is mere waste of writing materials and precious time.

At the end, we shall chorus in satisfaction, “As the Court pleases”!


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