A/Ibom polls: Tri­bunal or­ders re­run in 18 LGs

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The Akwa Ibom State Gov­er­nor­ship Elec­tion Pe­ti­tion Tri­bunal sit­ting in Abuja yes­ter­day or­dered a re-run in 18 out of the 31 Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Ar­eas in the state.

Chair­man of the tri­bunal, Jus­tice Sadiq Umar gave the or­der while de­liv­er­ing judg­ment in the pe­ti­tion filed by the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) and its gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, Chief Umana Okon Umana chal­leng­ing the va­lid­ity of the elec­tion of Gover­nor Em­manuel Udom.

Some of the af­fected lo­cal gov­ern­ment in­clude: Uyo, Eket, Ibe­sikpo, Ona, Ukana­fon, Ikono, Oron, Uruan, Ibiano-Ibom and Eti­nan among oth­ers.

The judge held that the al­le­ga­tions

of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and non-avail­abil­ity of elec­tion ma­te­ri­als in the af­fected LGAs were also proved by the pe­ti­tion­ers.

Re­act­ing to the de­ci­sion, coun­sel to the pe­ti­tion­ers, Solomon Umoh (SAN), said the judg­ment was a vic­tory for democ­racy.

On his part, coun­sel to the gover­nor, Paul Usoro (SAN), said they would study the con­tent of the judg­ment and de­cide on the next line of ac­tion.

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