The Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, today, August 26, 2019 brought to the attention of the Tribunal, a petition written by the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom state, alleging attempts at exhibit tampering by the registry of the court.
The Tribunal Chairman said this when he made an order directing the parties to provide photocpying machines at the Registry to enable all exhibits tendered in the matter to be photocopied and made available to all the parties.
Reacting to the said letter and the allegation made therein, counsel to the 2nd Respondent, the Peoples Democratic Party, Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, expressed surprise at such allegations being made by the APC. He was even further surprised when he heard from other counsel that the said allegations were propagated on the social media. He curtly condemned such insinuations which he described as being, not only actuated by bad faith, but an unimaginable twist that is capable of putting the Tribunal in bad light.
The lead Counsel to the Petitioner, Okutepa, SAN in his response expressed shock over such report and regretted all discomfort the Tribunal had faced owing to the allegation. He stated that he did not write such letter and further that the letter was not written with his approval. He consequently apologized to the Tribunal and all the Respondents and promised to caution his clients, Obong Nsima Ekere and the All Progressives Congress, Akwa Ibom State against taking such deletorious steps which he said was not in the interest of their case.
Responding to the counsel, The chairman of the Tribunal assured the parties that they were not in any way moved by the allegations as all parties are not in doubt of the Tribunal’s resolve to do justice to all parties in the case.
The court thereupon adjourned to tomorrow, August 27, 2019 for the 2nd Respondent to close their case.