Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Tribunal to rule on All Progressives Congress application today.

The Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has reserved ruling till today, August 20 to decide whether the All Progressives Congress-APC and its governorship candidate, Umana Umana, can invite additional witnesses and present fresh documents in the prosecution of their petition.

At the resumed hearing of the petition filed by the APC and its candidate yesterday, the Tribunal considered three applications, one from the petitioner and two from the Peoples Democratic Party-PDP and Governor Emmanuel Udom.

In his application, counsel to the APC and its candidate, Wole Olanipekun, argued that his client was not bringing fresh evidence, but carrying out the earlier order granted in favour of his client and his party on May 12, which authorised them to inspect the materials used for the April 11 governorship election.

In opposition, counsel to Governor Emmanuel Udohm, Paul Usoro, asked the Tribunal to reject the motion, on the ground that the petitioner wants to ambush other parties in the suit, submitting that the petitioner did not furnish the Tribunal with the said documents, but merely listed them.

Also, the Governor and his party, the PDP, challenged the competence of the petition and the locus of the APC and its candidate, Umana in filing the petition, as his nomination was in breach of the Electoral Act and asked the Tribunal to dismiss the petition on the ground that pre-hearing notice fee of 100 Naira was not paid, and as such the petition could be deemed to have been abandoned.

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Sadiq Umar, reserved ruling in the applications to a date yet to be determined.

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