Tribunal dismisses Amori’s objection, admits Omo-Agege’s witness

Omo-Agege: Photo credit: file copy

National Assembly election petition tribunal sitting in Asaba, Delta State, has dismissed the applications brought before it by Senator Ighoyota Amori, which objected to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC subpoenaed witness to testify and present a Certified True Copy of card readers unit by unit accreditation record.

Candidate of the Labour Party, LP, for Delta Central senatorial district, in the 2015 general election, Obaisi Ovie Omo-Agege, is challenging the declaration of Amori of the People Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner of the poll at the tribunal.

Amori had objected to Omo-Agege’s subpoenaed witness, Mrs. Nnenna Essien, Assistant Chief System, ICT department, INEC headquarters, Abuja, to testify before the tribunal and tender CTC of unit by unit accreditation of voters.

Counsel to Amori, Chief Efe Akpofure, SAN, hinged his objection on the grounds that the witness statement on oath was not filed along with the petition. He also argued that the witness statement was an amendment to the petition and that the 21 days allowed by law to entertain any amendment had elapsed.

However, counsel to the petitioner, Mr. Robert Emukpoeruo, argued that the witness was a subpoenaed witness and that there was no way they could have filed the witness statement on oath with the petition.

Ruling on the two applications, the Chairman of the three-man panel, Justice L. M. Boufini, upheld the argument of Omo- Agege’s counsel and dismissed Amori and PDP applications.

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