Delta Election Tribunal Rules In Favour Of Emerhor, Ogboru

The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, Delta State has ruled in favour of the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress, Olorogun O’Teger Emerhor and his counterpart in the Labour Party, Chief Great Ogboru, on two petitions by Gov Ifeanyi Okowa.
The Governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state had in two separate applications objected and queried the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain their petitions and prayed it to quash them.
Before fixing the next sitting for Thursday, July 9, the tribunal, headed by Justice Nasil Gunmi, averred that since the petitions and the objections constitute the life-wire of the matter in contention, they are thereby entertained, maintaining that “the petitions will be heard alongside.”
Dr. Alex Iziyon (SAN), counsel to Governor Okowa, who appeared with Ken Mozia (SAN) and seven others recently, urged the tribunal not to grapple with failure but be bounded by Okowa’s objections.
But in their separate arguments, counsels to Ogboru, Dele Adesina (SAN) who appeared with nine others, and Emerhor, Thompson Okpoko (SAN), who appeared with three others, urged the panel not to be swayed by Okowa’s objections.
According to them, it was a delay tactics by Okowa to limit the stipulated 180 days life-span of the tribunal.
“It is a mischief by the respondents (Okowa, PDP and INEC) to seek that the petitions be struck out without hearing. The proper thing to do is to hear the petitions on their merit as provided for in Section 38 of the amendment contitition, 2010”, Okpoko maintained.

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