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Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by ItoroUdotim(m): 2:17pm On Sep 19
Election Tribunal: HE Udom Emmanuel wins Again.

... Tribunal dismisses Nsima Ekere's Petition for wanting in Merit.

Today, September 19, 2019, the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State Capital affirmed the victory of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel and the Peoples Democratic Party at the March 9, 2019 general elections.

The Petitioners, Obong Nsima Ekere and the All Progressives Congress had, on the May 29, 2019 filed a petition challenging the result of the March 9 elections that saw the re-election of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State.

The Petitoners approached the tribunal, after several amendments on two grounds, to wit;

a) That the Election was invalid by reason of non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2015 (sic); or
b) That the 1st Respondent, Mr Udom Emmanuel was not duly elected by majority of lawful votes cast at the election.

In their Petition, the petitioners prayed for the following reliefs;

1) That it may be determined and declared that the 1st Respondent, Mr Udom Emmanuel did not secure and could not have secured the majority of lawful votes cast at the elections;

2) That it may be determined and declared that the election was void and invalid due to non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2015 (sic);

3) That it may be determined and declared that the election being invalid by reason of non-compliance was null and void;

4) That it be determined and ordered a fresh election for the office of the Governor in Akwa Ibom state, except in Etim Ekpo and Essien Udim where Elections were held in substantial compliance with the Electoral Act, 2015 (sic).

Reading the over 590 paged judgement, the Tribunal first noted that the Petitoners failed to call witnesses in eight (cool local government areas out of the twenty one (21) local government areas where they claimed to have won. Consequently, the court discountenanced every documentary evidence "dumped on the court" as regards the petitoners complaints from those Local Governments which included Abak, Eastern Obolo, Ika, Eket, Mbo Mkpat Enin et al. Citing the supreme Court case of Nweke v INEC, the court noted that documentary evidence however daring cannot be thrown on the Tribunal without oral evidence linking the documents to the issues in the case (petition).

The court in her ruling adopted the two issues formulated by the Petitioners for the Determination of the suit. The issues as adopted were:

i) Whether in the light of issues joined, the March 9 Elections were not held in non-compliance with the Electoral Act, 2010;

ii) Whether the non-compliance as established in evidence are not substantial to affect the general outcome of the election and thus justify a cancellation of the entire elections

The court then proceeded to appraise the evidence of all parties at the Tribunal and in their considered ruling held, inter alia;

1) That the Petitioners having abandoned their prayers where they claimed ab initio that the first Petitoner, Obong Nsima Ekere was the winner of the elections, all the evidence given in effort to substantiate the said ground is expunged from the considerations of the court in the judgement;

2) That the Petitioners having abandoned their prayers hinged on the ground that there were corrupt practices in the conduct of the elections, all the evidence given in effort to substantiate the said ground was also expunged from the considerations of the court in the judgement;

3) The petitioners failed to follow the laid down rules in frontloading and listing all documents they sought to rely on in proof of their Petition "Consequently the efforts and attempt by the petitoners to sandwich-in documents not pleaded nor listed by the petitoners is condemnable." The court equally noted that the documents were not linked to any parts of the petition and that most of them were mere photocopies of public documents and not the required Certified True Copies of the documents;

4) That the onus is on the Petitioner who alleges irregularities and non-compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, 2010 to prove same. That the Petitioner failed woefully in the discharge of such burden;

5) That the Petitoners could neither prove non-compliance nor substantial non-compliance to lead to a cancellation of the elections. For the Petitioner to have complained of non-compliance ans irregularities in elections in 799 polling units and only end up calling 43 was grossly inadequate to satisfy the burden of proving non-compliance and irregularities with the provisions of the Electoral Act which requires a unit by unit prove, by law.

6) The Petitoners made several allegations of a criminal nature in their petition. The law is that in such cases, the allegation must be proved beyond reasonable doubt. Unfortunately, the Petitoners in this case could not prove anything, the doubts in their allegations still dangling, we resolve those cases in favour of the respondents.

In the end, the three man panel, unanimously upheld the elections of His Excellency, Mr Udom Emmanuel at the March 9, 2019 elections and dismissed the petition of Obong Nsima Ekere and the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by yaki84: 2:47pm On Sep 19
Anybody that thinks otherwise shud relocate to borno.

The court has spoken!

Nsima asiere nde

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Tookool(m): 2:52pm On Sep 19
Eti Ikor

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by id911: 3:11pm On Sep 19
Anyone who disagrees with the judgement of the tribunal should relocate to Sambisa Forest grin I hereby call on His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel to have Nsima Ekere arrested and prosecuted for making us lose the position of NDDC MD

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Upton: 8:14pm On Sep 19
Hehe. Forget election matter abeg. It's extremely difficult to prove election malpractices in Nigeria beyond doubt in the court of law

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by ednut1(m): 8:14pm On Sep 19
This was never in doubt
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by point5: 8:14pm On Sep 19
Nigeria is a joke..period
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by teragenesys: 8:15pm On Sep 19
Someone collected money.
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by kirkwood: 8:15pm On Sep 19
Gg
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by solmusdesigns: 8:16pm On Sep 19
cool


PDP loosers wont complain of this oo same tribunal was costituited by CJN mohammed Tanko


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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by NonFarmPayrol: 8:17pm On Sep 19
Udom js right


Sai udom


shocked
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Maldini212(m): 8:19pm On Sep 19
Handsome man
Unlike Kaduna midget helufai

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by fergie001(m): 8:24pm On Sep 19
Senatordave1... Good evening Sir....


Congrats Udom....never in doubts.

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Kennitrust(m): 8:28pm On Sep 19
It was to be Udom

If not Udom it can't be Udom

God is great.



ONLY GOD!












Congratulation, my Governor.

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Staro: 8:29pm On Sep 19
How on earth did Nsima Ekere think he won that election?

Our politicians enjoy frivolities.
Why go to court when it's so obvious you lost?

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Anigreat: 8:32pm On Sep 19
shocked



Udom ado final obong owo, Nsima unamikot ekere Ake akpa ke esit ikot.

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Anigreat: 8:33pm On Sep 19
solmusdesigns:
cool


PDP loosers wont complain of this oo same tribunal was costituited by CJN mohammed Tanko


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shocked


Actually the only known losers of all time are sophisticated morons Apc supporters.

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by EddyRex: 8:34pm On Sep 19
PDP win victory 4 Democracy APC win Democracy has been Rape

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Olanipekun1: 8:42pm On Sep 19
solmusdesigns:
cool


PDP loosers wont complain of this oo same tribunal was costituited by CJN mohammed Tanko


..

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Chisaedhor: 8:45pm On Sep 19
grin
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Passionate888: 9:10pm On Sep 19
Akpabio just use and dump the kekere.
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by wiseone28: 9:52pm On Sep 19
Winning such case in Nigeria is like trekking from Uyo to Sokoto in 2 days and comeback








Not hating on him but Udom is the worst performing gov Akwa ibom ever had since 1999

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Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Lugianostar(m): 10:02pm On Sep 19
He who will not abide by the court order should relocate to sambisa forest and be registered as the first personified cow for the RUGA initiative...!!!

Udom do more to make Akwa Ibom cleaner and greener
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by ND212: 10:38pm On Sep 19
Congratulations to you my Governor
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by iamjavadem(m): 10:40pm On Sep 19
Abi o!!! Democracy suddenly isn’t under an threat.
solmusdesigns:
cool


PDP loosers wont complain of this oo same tribunal was costituited by CJN mohammed Tanko


..
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by Meteng: 10:40pm On Sep 19
id911:
Anyone who disagrees with the judgement of the tribunal should relocate to Sambisa Forest grin I hereby call on His Excellency, Udom Emmanuel to have Nsima Ekere arrested and prosecuted for making us lose the position of NDDC MD
Useless man, he would have still been NDDC MD till now, but greed no gree am
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by iamjavadem(m): 10:41pm On Sep 19
Walahi, same way I am wondering how some people thought Atiku could even win an election against Buhari, whether it was fair or not.
Staro:
How on earth did Nsima Ekere think he won that election?

Our politicians enjoy frivolities.
Why go to court when it's so obvious you lost?
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by InansBobo(m): 10:42pm On Sep 19
wiseone28:
Winning such case in Nigeria is like trekking from Uyo to Sokoto in 2 days and comeback








Not hating on him but Udom is the worst performing gov Akwa ibom ever had since 1999
not true at all
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by wiseone28: 10:45pm On Sep 19
InansBobo:
not true at all
Come to Akwa ibom you will understand
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by InansBobo(m): 10:59pm On Sep 19
wiseone28:
Come to Akwa ibom you will understand
he's better than the governors not paying salaries
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by wiseone28: 11:11pm On Sep 19
InansBobo:
he's better than the governors not paying salaries
What abt the one that take 5yrs to pay gratuity?



Is he a gov for the civil servants only?
Re: Governor Udom Emmanuel Wins At Tribunal by InansBobo(m): 11:22pm On Sep 19
wiseone28:
What abt the one that take 5yrs to pay gratuity?



Is he a gov for the civil servants only?
no matter what he's one of the best performing; like his works are visible at least even though he can't be 100%.

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