Delta State Governorship Tribunal Adjourns Judgment
The Delta State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba on Wednesday adjourned judgement of the petitions filed by the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Labour Party (LP) O’terga Emerho and Great Ogboru respectively, to a date that would be communicated before August 28.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Nasir Gummi, announced that the tribunal would communicate to counsels, the date for the judgement shortly after submissions from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents’ counsels against the suit filed by the petitioners to invalidate and nullify the result of the April 11 governorship elections in the state.
At the sitting, Alex Iziyon (SAN), the lead counsel to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, urged the tribunal to dismiss the petitions which he said varied with the petitioners’ evidences before the tribunal.
Counsels to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also aligned with the claims of the 1st respondent.
In replying their addresses, the lead counsel to the petitioners, Thompson Okpoko (SAN) and Dele Adesina asked the tribunal to look at the petition before it, based on facts of their submissions, asking the tribunal to nullify and call for a fresh election.
Governor Okowa was declared winner of the April 11 election by the INEC.