Akwa Ibom: Tribunal stops Akpabio from tendering witness voters card


Godswill Akpabio
The Member Representing Essien Udim State Constituency and immediate past chairman of the area, Hon Nse Ntuen on Thursday denied ever being the PDP senatorial district collation officer for the March 28, 2015 Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district which was won by Akpabio.
He spoke at the tribunal hearing on the matter between the All Progressives Congress candidate for Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district, Chief Inebehe Okori and former governor of the state, Chief Godswill Akpabio.
Okori had approached the tribunal challenging the conduct of the senatorial election and declaration of Godswill Akpabio as winner of the poll. His denial came after Chief Assam asked the tribunal if Nse Ntuen was in court.
Assam then stood up and asked why he should be in court listening to witness testimony when he is listed as a witness to the 1st Respondent as the PDP senatorial district Collation officer in the disputed election.
Nse Ntuen who was accompanied to court by the PDP State chairman, Paul Ekpo and Hon Emmanuel Akpan, member representing Ikot Ekpene Federal Constituency, told the tribunal that he is not a witness to Akpabio nor a senatorial collation officer for the disputed election. He was allowed to sit down after his denial. On Akpabio’s list of witnesses billed to testify at the trial, his name was listed as a witness.
Thursdays proceedings at the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal was stalled for about twenty minutes following attempts by former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio to tender the Permanent Voters Card (PVC) of his witness which was never front loaded at the commencement of the trial as required by law.
Akpabio had through his witness, Ezekiel Obot from Oruk Anam, attempted to tender the voters card of the witness during cross examination but was objected by …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper