Abia Guber: Ikpeazu Urges Tribunal To Dismiss Otti’s Petition

Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu on Thursday asked the Governorship
Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Umuahia, to dismiss the petition
filed by Alex Otti, Igbere TV reports.

Igbere TV reports that
Otti is the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate for the
2019 poll, while incumbent Governor Ikpeazu contested and won a second
term on the PDP platform.

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Otti, who is challenging the victory of
Ikpeazu in the March 9 governorship poll, alleged massive
irregularities in 15 of 17 Local Government Areas in the state.

Adopting
his final written address, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), lead counsel
for Ikpeazu, urged the panel to dismiss the petitioner’s (Otti) case for
lacking in merit.

He argued that the main document which the petitioners were relying on was procured after their petition had been filed.

On
its part, INEC, the second respondent, said the documents tendered by
the petitioners did not conform with the schedule of the electoral law,
urging the panel to disregard the petition.

But Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), lead counsel for the petitioners, urged the panel to dismiss the objections of the respondents.

He
claimed that the aspect of the law in which they were relying upon in
their arguments with respect to the use of smart card readers had been
changed.

Fagbemi also countered the submission of Olanipekun, saying that INEC never disowned the documents tendered by the petitioners.

After
listening to all arguments in the matter, Chairman of the panel,
Justice Lekan Ogumonye, reserved judgment for a date to be communicated
to all parties.

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