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Sunday, September 1, 2019


NetReporters News

The State House of Assembly election petition Tribunal sitting in FULGA road, Uyo as at today, 1st September, 2019 adjourned the case between Eyo Inyang-Abia and Rt. Hon. Usoro Akpanusoh, to an undisclosed date.

Mr. Inyang-Abia who's also the State House of Assembly Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC for Esit Eket/Ibeno State Constituency in the March 9th State House of Assembly election had challenged the election result as announced by INEC which his star opponent, Dr. Usoro Akpanusoh who's a Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and also doubles as the returning State House member of same State Constituency.

In his petition, Inyang-Abia intimated the Tribunal Panel that the result as announced and presented before the Panel by INEC is a concocted election result, stating that no election had held in his Constituency and as such, the result should be rejected and the election cancelled.

Inyang-Abia's petition was not just seen as lacking merit, but was generally considered as a dead case the day his Constituents trooped into the Court Room to disassociate themselves from his baseless claims. They maintained that election had held peacefully in their Constituency and that the popular Candidate at the end of the election emerged victorious.

They indicted the APC's Candidate and his cohorts for trying to perpetuate electoral malpractices during the said election, stating that he's aggrieved because their plans of carting away sensitive election materials and unleashing mayhem on the people were thwarted. The Constituents also divulged to the Tribunal Panel that 2019 election as conducted by INEC was the most free, peaceful and fair election they've ever witnessed in the history of the Constituency.

On sensing how lifeless the case has been and lack of proves to ascertain Inyang-Abia claims that the election result was falsified,  Lead Counsel for the first and second respondent ( Usoro Akpanusoh and PDP),  Goddy Umoh Esq,  urged the tribunal to dismiss the said petition filed by the APC for lacking in  merit.

Obina Okoke, Counsel to INEC also admited that the petition is full of probating and reprobating and as such, no more time should be wasted on it.

The case has been adjourned to a yet to be announced date, and in all indications, the Tribunal Panel may likely issue their verdict prior to the facts they've gathered thus far

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