Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom State
Former governor of Akwa Ibom state and Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio has raised an objection to the tendering of forensic reports on materials used for the Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial district election.
The tribunal had on May 8, 2015, granted the petitioners request to inspect, copy and scan election materials used in the disputed March 28, 2015 Akwa Ibom North-West senatorial election.
Raising his objection before the Justice Goddy Anunihu led Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal on Monday, Akpabio, through his counsel, Offiong Offiong, in a counter affidavit dated and filed on August 22, 2015, said the petitioners did not list the forensic expert as one of the witnesses to be called upon to testify and that allowing the expert now amounts to trying to amend the petition. He argued that time is of essence and allowing an additional witness will take up the time of trial.
Also, counsel to the 2nd respondent, Tochukwu Nweke, in a nine paragraph counter affidavit dated August 21, 2015, said the law demands the petitioner to list all witnesses and documents or file same within 21 days of the declaration of election results.
He averred that the forensic report was not listed and that the petitioners only asked for permission to call additional witness and not leave of court to file the forensic report. He prayed the tribunal to refuse the application in it’s entirely.
Similarly, counsel to 3rd respondent, Adekunle Adesanya, in a written address dated August 25, 2015, aligned with the submissions of the 1st and 2nd respondents counsel, insisting that though the petitioners had in Paragraph 29, page 8 of their petition told the tribunal that they will be inviting an expert witness, it failed to list the witness on …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper