More witnesses expected to testify today in Akwa Ibom State Election Petition Tribunal.

Hearing has resumed today, after more witnesses presented by the Peoples Democratic Party-PDP in the Akwa Ibom governorship election testified that the election in the state was free, fair and complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.

At the hearing of the Akwa Ibom Election Tribunal yesterday in Abuja, a defence witness and a former Commissioner for Commence and Industry in the State, Toby Nkangudeh, told the Justice Sadiq Umar-led panel that though there was no accreditation of voters in the Ikot Abasi area on April 11, the governorship election was free and fair in the community.

Nkangudeh was testifying where the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the election, Umana Umana, is challenging the declaration of Governor Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party as the winner of the governorship poll and insisted that there was no violence, prompting the counsel to the petitioner Dayo Akinlaja to confront him with a Police report, which had been earlier submitted as an exhibit to the tribunal that three people were said to have been murdered as reported to the Police on the election day.

Also speaking during cross examination, the State Commissioner for Special Duties, Etido Inyang from Ikot Ekpene, Ezekiel Obot from Oruk Anam, Samuel Bassey from Onna and Friday Obot from Mkpat Enin local government areas all told the court that election was held in their areas under a peaceful atmosphere as restriction of movements on election was enforced by security agents.

For the counsels to the defendants, election took place across the state on April 11th and was won by the Peoples Democratic Party.

In his reaction, the Counsel to the Petitioner, Akinjala said he is optimistic that the tribunal, which is the statutory body to determine any petition will do justice to his client’s case.

More witnesses are expected to testify before the tribunal today.



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