A’Ibom Governorship Appeal: Udom, Ekere Know Fate Today

The Court of Appeal sitting in Calabar will today deliver judgement in the Appeal filed by the Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9, 2019 Governorship Election, Mr. Nsima Ekere. The Appeal was filed against the judgement of the Election Petition Tribunal which dismissed his Petition on September 19, 2019.

Parties had earlier argued their briefs before the 5 Member Panel of Justices.

Ekere through his Counsel Jubrin Okutepa, SAN leading Prof. J. O. Amupitan, SAN and a team of lawyers stoutly argued his case before the Appellate Court contending that, “the trial Tribunal engaged in technical justice throughout the proceedings without examining the merits of the case of the Petitioners and the avalanche of exhibits before it”.

“Appellants case was slaughtered on the abattoir of technicalities”, he said, and urged the Court of Appeal to upturn the Tribunal’s decision and do substantial justice by nullifying the elections.

The learned silk decried a situation where the trial Tribunal sat on appeal over its own rulings earlier made in the course of trial. He submitted that the entire trial was perverse and a travesty of justice and ought not to be allowed to stand.

The Respondents have in unison urged the Court of Appeal to discountenance the case of the Appellants and affirm the decision of the trial Tribunal.

Dr. Onyechi Ikpeazu, SAN, Tayo Oyetibo, SAN and Sylva Ogwuemoh, SAN representing the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Respondents also urged the Court to dismiss the Appellants’ case and affirm the decision of the Tribunal.

Whichever way today’s judgement goes, the last may not have been heard of the legal tussle concerning the integrity of the last general elections held in Akwa Ibom State.

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