A’Ibom Tribunal: Akpabio, INEC’s Witnesses Fail To Show Up As Inec Had Resolved To Close Its Defence

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has withdrawn
its defence as the second respondent in the suit instituted by Chief
Inibehe Okori of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the
challenging the Akwa Ibom North-west senatorial election.
Okori is challenging the declaration of former Governor Godswill Akpabio as winner of the March 28, 2015 poll.
The electoral body, which withdrew its defence, yesterday, called
only one witness on its first day of defence on Monday, with a promise
to call additional five witnesses.
However, at the resumed hearing of the petition, counsel to INEC,
Paul Ananabah, SAN, told the tribunal that after reviewing the case, the
commission had resolved to close its defence.
The tribunal had fixed October 5, 2015, for adoption of written addresses.
The respondents were given five days to serve the petitioners their
written address, while the petitioners have four days to reply and
another two to reply on point of law, if any.
Akpabio (first respondent) called only 19, out of 1,169 witnesses,
while INEC (second respondent) called just one witness, and the Peoples
Democratic Party (third respondent) called three witnesses.

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