Enugu election tribunal dismisses forensic report by APC governorship candidate

Enugu – The Enugu State Governorship Election
Petition Tribunal on Friday dismissed the forensic
report of election materials brought by the
candidate of the All Progressive Party, Okey Ezea.
Ezea was challenging the declaration of the
Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr Ifeanyi
Ugwuanyi, as the winner of the election by the
Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC).
He had requested the tribunal to adopt the
forensic report conducted on all the election
materials used in the state for the 2015 election
as part of his petition.
The counsel to the respondent, Patrick Ikwueto,
opposed the application on the ground that the
petitioner failed to list the report in his petition,
adding that it is a pre-hearing matter which ought
to be admitted at the pre-hearing stage.
Ikwueto said that the petitioner had at the pre-
hearing stage informed the tribunal that he had
concluded the inspection of the election material
through an expert but did not adopt it.

“This is a brave act by the petitioner to jeopardize
the court process.”
“The admission of the report means re-opening
the pre-hearing issues which the tribunal has
gone beyond and allowing the document as
evidence can affect the proceedings as the man
who signed the report is not known,” he said.
The counsel also argued that the time for
submission of such report had expired as
required by the Electoral Act and urged the
tribunal to dismiss it.
In his response, the counsel to the petitioner,
George Ogara, said he acted in compliance with
the law.
The chairman of the tribunal, Justice A.D.
Kuwaffa, held that the petitioner failed to list the
report in his petition during pre-hearing and
dismissed the application.
He adjourned the case till July 22 for the re-
opening of the first respondent’s case
– NAN

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