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Published On: Wed, Jun 24th, 2015

Election Tribunal: Emerhor, Ogboru Describe Okowa Application to Strike Out Their Petition as ‘Mischief’

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Counsels to Chief Great Ogboru, Delta State Labour Party Governorship candidate in 2015 election, Dele Adesina (SAN) who appeared with nine others, and Counsel of Chief O’tega Emerhor of APC, Thompson Okpoko (SAN), who appeared with three others at the Delta State election tribunal have described Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa’s applications to strike out their application on pre-election issues as a “mischief”.
According to Okpoko, Okowa’s application was designed to limit the stipulated 180 days lifespan of the tribunal.
“It is a mischief by the respondents (Okowa, PDP and INEC) to seek that the petitions be struck out without hearing. Rather than create avenue for injustice, the proper thing to do is to hear the petitions on their merit as provided for in Section 38 of the amendment constitution, 2010,” Okpoko maintained.
On the other hand, Adesina prayed the tribunal to give full-weight to paragraph 12/5 of the First Schedule of the Electoral Act as amended so that the petitioners could ventilate their grievances instead of entertaining “frivolous applications”.
It would be recalled that Okowa and the Peoples Democratic Party had in separate applications queried the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain their petitions, urging the panel to quash it, having been abandoned.
When the matter came up on Tuesday, the counsel to Okowa, Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN), who appeared with Ken Mozia (SAN) and seven others, said the tribunal would be grasping with failure if it fails to understand the nature of their applications.
According to Iziyon, because the matter before the tribunal touched on the spinal cord of Ogboru and Emerhor’s petitions, the tribunal is therefore bound by the respondents’ objection.
“I urge Your Lordships to be persuaded and abide by the Supreme Court’s position on pre-election matter because it was the pre-election matter that ignited their petitions in the first instance,” Iziyon argued.
The Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Asaba, Delta State therefore withheld its ruling on the applications of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa filed against the petition of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Olorogun O’Teger Emerhor; and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Chief Great Ogboru, until June 30.

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