OTTI VS GOV. IKPEAZU (UPDATE): PRESENTATION OF EVIDENCE CONTINUES, 3 WITNESS FEATURED
The Tribunal Court sitting in Umuahia on June 20, 2019, received evidences tendered before it by the All Progressives Grand Alliance [APGA] lead council Abiodun Jelili Owonikoko SAN which include INEC electoral guideline, evidence of receipt of payments and Card reader data which was duly certified by INEC.
Tendering the evidence to the Court, lead council to APGA and Dr. Alex Otti Owonikoko SAN cited a section of the electoral act which empowers him to tender those evidence before the court since it is an evidence.
He equally informed the Court of his wish that it will play a video tape which was part of the evidence so that the court could authenticate its true content, adding that such will give fillip to other evidence tendered before it.
But lead Council to the People’s Democratic Party [PDP] Dr. Paul Ananaba [SAN] argued that there was a mischaracterization of the document tendered before it by the Council to APGA in serial number 6 and 7 which he said was misleading and prayed that the document should be isolated, pointing out that the report does not include submission of the said evidence. Just as he said that such amounts to prejudice for the evidence to be displayed.
The Tribunal Judge agreed that the video should be played as evidence before it, so as to authenticate the true content of the tape.
At the court, three witnesses from APGA Friday Kenneth Ijoma, Mathew Onyebuchi Mathew and Nosike Ihesiaba all testified before the Tribunal that they were no election duty at all their various polling units in Ugwunagbo LGA.
A cross examination by Councils to PDP on the witnesses followed immediately, after which the presiding Judge adjourned till Friday July 21, 2019 to enable more witnesses testify.