After an intensive defence for days which resulted in the first and second respondents calling 31 witnesses who all affirmed the credibility of the 2019 governorship election which Governor Udom Emmanuel was declared the winner by the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as against claims by the APC candidate who alleged irregularities in the election and called for total cancellation.
Having proved the PDP victory before the tribunal, both Governor Udom Emmanuel and the ruling PDP in the state has close their case today for the third respondent to open defence.
But the third respondent which is INEC has said that having examined the case before the tribunal from the beginning, it has come to conclusion that there is nothing whatsoever to prove again by calling additional witnesses, and that the commission has adopt the first and second respondents evidence in the case.
INEC therefore close it’s case and called on the tribunal to fix a date for adoption of written address which is expected to take place within one week taking cognizance of the fact that the life span of the tribunal will end on 25th September 2019.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice A. M Yakubu commended all the lead counsels in the petition for the cooperation they have given to the tribunal and orderly conduct they have exhibited.
He however commended all the participating lawyers for the role they have play from the inception of the tribunal and fixed 10th September for adoption of final written addresses.