Tribunal refuses to strike out APGA
The Anambra State Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Awka yesterday refused to strike out the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the motion on notice filed by the party.
But the tribunal struck out paragraphs in a petition filed by Senator Chris Ngige for additional witness.
The Chairman, Justice Ishaq Bello, responding to the ruling read by Justice Akintola Akinniyi, said the tribunal would not shut out anybody.
He said: “We want to allow parties to ventilate their minds,” adding that the tribunal had drawn the curtain on pre-hearing matters and would proceed to the main cases.
Counsel to Dr. Chike Obidigbo, Maduabuchi Oba, told the tribunal that they were not seeking consolidation of the cases because their case was different from others.
He said the petitioner, Obidigbo, contested and won the November 16 governorship election.
Maduabuchi said they would call two witnesses, adding that they did not require the services of interpreters or experts.
But Ken Mozie (SAN), counsel to Chief Willie Obiano; Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), counsel to Senator Chris Ngige and D.C. Denwigwe (SAN), counsel to Tony Nwoye, told the tribunal they would invite experts.
Also, Matthew Ugwuocha, counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); Ernest Nwoye, counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Osita Nnadi (SAN), counsel to APGA, agreed to invite experts if there was need.
Ngige said any document not front-loaded would be disputed during hearing.
Justice Bello adjourned proceedings till today.
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