Election tribunal receives 15 petitions from aggrieved candidates in A’ Ibom

By Isaac Job, Uyo

The National Assembly and Governorship, tribunal sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom says it has received 15 petitions since March 29.

The Secretary of the 2023 Election Petition Tribunal in the State, Mr Ibrahim Usman, disclosed this to newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday.

Usman said that the 15 petitions, were filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), Young Progressives Party (YPP), New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Labour Party (LP) and Allied People’s Movement (APM).

He added that out of the 15 petitions received, 11 petitions emanated from the House of Representatives and four petitions from the Senate.

The secretary also disclosed that two motions filed by YPP for inspections of election materials and the motions have been granted by the tribunal.

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“Similarly, an application by the All Progressives Congress in respect of the governorship election for inspection of election materials was received and petition granted. We are in the process of effecting service of the petitions and respondents,” he said.

According to him, the senatorial petitions received were from Akwa Ibom North East and Akwa Ibom South senatorial districts while no petition was received from Akwa Ibom North West.

He said that the Electoral Act allows 21 days for the petitioner to file petitions from the date of declaration and 21 days for the respondents to file their responses after receiving them.

Meanwhile, some candidates who participated in the March 18 governorship elections in the state have shunned the tribunal and congratulated the winner pastor Umo Eno of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

They include candidates of the Accord Party, ADP, LP among others.

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