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"Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by Wisdomkosi(m): 11:48am On Sep 12
"Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu

A member of the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Justice Sheriff Hafizu has said there were preponderance of evidence to prove that the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio was robbed of victory in the February 23 National Assembly Election, Igbere TV reports.


Igbere TV had reported that Senator Akpabio, on Wednesday, lost out at the Election Petition Tribunal,

Igbere TV reports that Justice Hafizu in a split judgement on September 11, 2019 held that it was his view that Senator Akpabio overwhelmingly won the election and ought to have been returned as the duly elected Senator for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

Engr Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was declared winner of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Senator Akpabio had challenged Ekpenyong's declaration at the National Assembly Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom citing unlawful cancellation of his collated votes by INEC to give his opponent an edge in the election.

Delivering judgement on the petition Chaorman of the Tribunal, Justice W. O. Akanbi with the concurrence of Justice Ebetu dismissed the petition and upheld the declaration of Engr Ekpenyong as the winner of the February 23 National Assembly elections into Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

However in his dissenting judgement, Justice Hafizu held that the contention of the Respondents that Senator Akpabio ought to have called unit polling agents to prove his case was wrong since Akpabio had not challenged the results of the units and therefore there was nothing to prove.

According to Justice Hafizu, the case of Senator Akpabio centred on cancellation of duly collated votes at INEC office which went beyond the units. He cited the case of Dr William who had admitted during trial that Senator Akpabio's votes were altered in INEC office in Uyo on the instructions of the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Mike Igini and said such alterations were unlawful.

He said he found merit in the Petitioner's case that his collated votes which showed that he won the election was surreptitiously and unilaterally cancelled by an INEC official so as to hand over victory to Engr Ekpenyong.

Justice Hafizu also held that from evidence adduced during the trial it was obvious that the Returning Officer had cancelled the votes of Obot Akara Local Government Area due to an established case of over voting and said it was wrong for the same cancelled result to be revalidated in INEC office in Uyo.

The Minority Judge held that the Witnesses paraded by the Respondents were unreliable as they gave contradictory evidence during trial. He cited cases of witnesses who had alleged that they were abducted by APC thugs and forced to thumb print for the party only for card reader reports to put a lie to such claim, a contention that the majority judgement glossed over.

According to Justice Hafizu, INEC was wrong to have cancelled the 61,329 votes garnered by APC in Essien Udim Local Government Area against PDP score of 9,050 votes. He said the unlawful cancellation of the votes was a clear case of robbery since it did not follow the due process of INEC guidelines.

The majority judgement also glossed over evidences that were given in the case including certified true copies of results released by INEC which were tendered by the Petitioners. It also remained mute on the Police reports that the elections were free, fair and credible.

Accordingly Justice Hafizu voided the declaration of Engr Ekpenyong as the winner of the election and declared his return invalid. He also declared Senator Akpabio as the winner of the election having garnered majority of the lawful votes and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to present a certificate of return to Senator Akpabio as the duly elected Senator of Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District.

Attendees and lawyers at the Tribunal openly applauded the judgement of Justice Hafizu, describing it as sound and bound to stand the test of time and devoid of any pecuniary consideration but justice delivery. Supporters of Senator Akpabio jubilated and congratulated themselves on the minority judgement.

Counsel to Senator Akpabio, Mr Adekunle Oyesanya, SAN praised Justice Hafizu for his courage in giving the dissenting judgei represented the position of the law.

It would be recalled that a lawyer and human right activist, Barrister Leo Ekpenyong had raised an alarm penultimate week in a widely published article: "Judgemnt for sale" alleged that two members of the National Assembly elections petition tribunal in Akwa Ibom State had been compromised predicting that there would be a split in the judgement the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District matter.

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Source : http://igberetvnews.com/981989/just-in-senator-akpabio-was-robbed-of-victory-justice-hafizu/

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by allstarfestus: 12:10pm On Sep 12
Meaning ?

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by TOPCRUISE(m): 12:10pm On Sep 12
He was robbed by the rule of law cheesy

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by Lamasta(m): 12:11pm On Sep 12
Akpabio should just forget about this case cos its dead from the onset....

Engr Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was declared winner of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Case close.

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by after4: 12:11pm On Sep 12
Useless money Justice, all you know to do is sell Justice to the highest bidder

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by RexTramadol1: 12:12pm On Sep 12
Justice Hafizu






Is working for the envelope

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by mybestlove(m): 12:12pm On Sep 12
Maybe you know how robbed him. I wonder the kind of judges we have in Nigeria.
You're in a petition tribunal and you knew with evidence that he was robbed of victory and you still ruled against his appeal.

Now, you are opening your mouth to talk trash. That's how you people in our judiciary have turned Nigeria to a mess in the face of justice.


THUNDER FIRE THE DEVIL! We are ashamed of all of you.

Employ a professor, he will rig elections

Employ a judge, he will pervert justice

Elect Mr. Integrity, he will disintegrate the nation.

Then who will change Nigeria, WHO?

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by allstarfestus: 12:13pm On Sep 12
His minister already .... so travis okay
Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by NORSIYK(m): 12:13pm On Sep 12
How many times will this piece of trash make front page?

Only foolish people like the aPC judge would think that aKpabio would win election under aPC in Akwa Ibom State

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by 01mcfadden(m): 12:14pm On Sep 12
How's this different from the one we read on front page not too long?

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by AroleOduduwa2: 12:14pm On Sep 12
See what the judiciary has been reduced to, I weep for Nigeria and her citizens

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by alizma: 12:15pm On Sep 12
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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by Yksoul(m): 12:19pm On Sep 12
AKPABIO SHOULD HAVE BEEN DECLARED WINNER,IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE SUIT,AKPABIO REALLY WON THE POLL

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by rhymesnoni(m): 12:19pm On Sep 12
I dny undastand fa, Does that mean Godswill Akpabio has been decleared winner of that Senatorial zone
Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by maybachmusic(m): 12:20pm On Sep 12
Maybe in Ibadan

Last I checked he got one vote out of 300

In my unit In Oruk Anam local government

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by maybachmusic(m): 12:20pm On Sep 12
Lamasta:
Akpabio should just forget about this case cos its dead from the onset....

Engr Chris Ekpenyong of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was declared winner of the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Case close.

He can contest in Lagos

APC will vote him

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by Lamasta(m): 12:23pm On Sep 12
maybachmusic:

He can contest in Lagos
APC will vote him
Lol grin
Tho I like him as a politician but on this one He has failed

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by DIKEnaWAR: 12:23pm On Sep 12
grin grin grin
Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by Tookool(m): 12:24pm On Sep 12
Yksoul:
AKPABIO SHOULD HAVE BEEN DECLARED WINNER,IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE SUIT,AKPABIO REALLY WON THE POLL
Shut the fk up ..... you know nothing about the Judicial system.

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by mullerman: 12:26pm On Sep 12
Akpabio you better face your new appointment and disturbing masses with your noise.

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by Ijawwomaninoyo: 12:28pm On Sep 12
Akpabio 1 Dino 1
Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by fergie001(m): 12:32pm On Sep 12
Senatordave1...



He can still appeal oooo, and lose again.

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by OlujobaSamuel: 12:33pm On Sep 12
mybestlove:
Maybe you know how robbed him. I wonder the kind of judges we have in Nigeria.
You're in a petition tribunal and you knew with evidence that he was robbed of victory and you still ruled against his appeal.

Now, you are opening your mouth to talk trash. That's how you people in our judiciary have turned Nigeria to a mess in the face of justice.


THUNDER FIRE THE DEVIL! We are ashamed of all of you.

Employ a professor, he will rig elections

Employ a judge, he will pervert justice

Elect Mr. Integrity, he will disintegrate the nation.

Then who will change Nigeria, WHO?
He didn't ruled against his petition, 2other judges did. The panel members are 3, so each must pass his or her judgement/ruling, majority takes the ultimate ruling.
On appeal, 5judges will be in charge (legislative cases ends at CofA), if it had gotten to SC, 7judges will be in charge

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by senatordave1(m): 12:40pm On Sep 12
fergie001:
Senatordave1...



He can still appeal oooo, and lose again.
I was about to quote you but was hooked up at work and forgot.even though akpabio lost,the minority judgment vindicated me.he has an away goal in the words of governor fayemi

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by fergie001(m): 12:44pm On Sep 12
senatordave1:

I was about to quote you but was hooked up at work and forgot.even though akpabio lost,the minority judgment vindicated me.he has an away goal in the words of governor fayemi
Hahahahahahaha.... Away goal.

He is now Minister, doesn't miss much.
Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by Dbiz1111(m): 12:47pm On Sep 12
Yksoul:
AKPABIO SHOULD HAVE BEEN DECLARED WINNER,IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE SUIT,AKPABIO REALLY WON THE POLL

Which POLL.. cry me river grin cheesy grin
Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by psucc(m): 12:48pm On Sep 12
Yksoul:
AKPABIO SHOULD HAVE BEEN DECLARED WINNER,IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE SUIT,AKPABIO REALLY WON THE POLL
In your state or Local Government?

How on earth will Essien Udim alone give 65,000 votes without accreditation? Why did Akpabio had to go to the collation centre and molest the ad-hoc staff?

He should continue to enjoy his new wife - NDDC

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by senatordave1(m): 12:49pm On Sep 12
fergie001:

Hahahahahahaha.... Away goal.

He is now Minister, doesn't miss much.
No,let him at least prove a point and reclaim if for apc.he wants to use it to compensate chief inibehe okori who stepped down for him during the apc primaries.hausas are too honest to a fault

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Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by senatordave1(m): 12:52pm On Sep 12
psucc:
In your state or Local Government?

How on earth will Essien Udim alone give 65,000 votes without accreditation? Why did Akpabio had to go to the collation centre and molest the ad-hoc staff?

He should continue to enjoy his new wife - NDDC
Essien udim in 2015 gave gej 67000 and akpabio 70 000.mind you,it has over 80,000 voters.as far as those votes were manually accredited,then it stands.akpabio won at polling units but was robbed at collation points which is illegal,against the electoral act.the judges erred.
Re: "Senator Akpabio Was Robbed Of Victory" - Justice Hafizu by fergie001(m): 12:53pm On Sep 12
senatordave1:

No,let him at least prove a point and reclaim if for apc.he wants to use it to compensate chief inibehe okori who stepped down for him during the apc primaries.hausas are too honest to a fault
He would never get it.
I told you that months back...
So hausas don't collect bribe so which tribe has the exclusive right of bribe collection?

Let him take it to God, he will still lose.

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