…Ekere plans to face tribunal on Sunday
Following the recuse of Justice Jennifer Ijohor from the election petitions tribunal in Akwa Ibom, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the State is said to be combing for evidence to disqualify Justice A. M. Yakubu from the tribunal.
A source said the party has dispatched a team of investigators to Gombe State the hometown of the Justice, to run background checks for possible evidence.
Justice A. M. Yakubu is the chairman of the governorship petitions tribunal in Akwa Ibom State.
Our source alleged that the party leadership feels the Justice Yakubu led tribunal has been ‘too harsh and meticulous’ in a way that has left their petitions bare and empty.
“The party suspects that it will lose woefully when the tribunal gives judgment next month because of the floppy defense and testimonies by their witnesses, hence the party leadership is all out looking for ways to go around her petitions a second time”, the source said.
Our source learnt that counsels to Obong Nsima Ekere, the APC governorship candidate and led petitioner at the governorship tribunal, are lobbying the tribunal to have Ekere testify at the tribunal on Sunday.
The reason for their recourse to Sunday, our reporter learnt was unconnected to their desire to present their client on an irregular day, when the defense Counsels would have traveled for the weekend.
Meanwhile, a witness called by the APC, Mr. Bassey David, has told the governorship election petitions tribunal sitting in Uyo, that the Presidential Adviser on Senate Matters, Senator Ita Enang, ordered him and other members of the APC to disrupt elections in some parts of Ibiono Ibom local government area.
David who said he was the APC’s unit agent in Akanobio, Ibiono Ibom local government said that on arrival of election materials, he asked for the original result sheet as he was instructed by Enang, but the INEC Presiding Officer (PO) said it was with the Returning Officer (RO).
He told the tribunal that when he called Senator Enang to relay that the returning officer and not the presiding officer is with the result form, the President’s aide ordered him to mobilize other APC supporters and ensure that election does not hold in the unit.
David told the tribunal that he tried all he could with his supporters to stop the INEC officials from conducting election at unit but the election went on after all.