Allow Akwa Ibom APC Candidate Inspect Electoral Materials, Tribunal Orders INEC

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The Akwa Ibom governorship election petition tribunal in Uyo, on Monday, ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow Nsima Ekere, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, to inspect all election materials used during the March 9 Governorship Election.

The tribunal Chairman, Justice A. M. Yakubu, also gave permission to the APC to serve Udom Emmanuel, the state governor and winner of the election, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) through substituted means.

Victor Iyenam, lead Counsel to Ekere and the APC, said the party will proceed immediately to paste the court processes on the PDP Secretariat located on Four Lane, Uyo.

“What we got was application for substituted service since efforts to service Governor Udom Emmanuel failed,” Iyenam told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“So, the court has granted us leave to serve the governor at the PDP office in Uyo. And then the other application is to inspect election materials.

“We will get to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office to obtain the documents as listed, inspect them and make photocopies.” 

The election petition tribunal sitting in Uyo said it received 34 petitions.

The tribunal said two petitions from the senatorial election filed by Senator Godswill Akpabio of APC against Christopher Ekpenyong of the PDP from Akwa Ibom North West, and Bassey Etim of APC against Senator Bassey Akpan of the PDP from Akwa Ibom North East.

The tribunal also received eight petitions from the House of Representatives and 23 petitions from the State House of Assembly elections out of the 26 house of assembly seats.

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