Delta State governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa’s defence at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba suffered a setback yesterday as the tribunal rejected documents the governor sought to tender through a witness, he subpoenaed from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Asaba.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Olorogun O’tega Emerhor, are contesting the declaration of Okowa as winner of the April 11 governorship election.
He insisted that there was no evidence before the tribunal to show that the witness produced the computer-generated documents in line with section 84(2) of the Evidence Act. Iziyon, however, urged the tribunal to admit the documents.
Ruling, the tribunal upheld the objection and rejected the documents.
“We have no doubt in our minds that what she (witness) seeks to tender were documents uploaded from the card reader severs, but there is no indication anywhere showing that the documents the witness seeks to tender were data generated by computer and she now used computer to type it… “We believe that the objections of Okpoko (SAN) to the admissibility of these documents are germane … There is nothing on the face of the documents to show that they complied with section 84 of the Evidence Act. In view of this, we hereby agree that the documents are not admissible and are hereby rejected”.