Court of Appeal Abuja yesterday reserved judgement in the three separate appeals filed before it by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its governorship candidate, Nyesom Wike.
The appellate court reserved judgement after hearing counsels from both sides in the disputed April11 governorship election in Rivers state.
Wike and PDP among others are asking the Court of Appeal to set aside the ruling of the state governorship election petitions tribunal which held that it has power to sit in Abuja instead of Port-Harcourt for security reasons.
They have also asked the court of appeal to set aside the permission granted the All Progressives Congress, APC and its governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside to inspect the ballot papers, voter registers, result sheets and other election materials used by INEC for the April 11 election.
Also, the appellant wants the court to determine whether the tribunal was properly constituted by the president of the court of appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachua.
At the hearing of the 3 appeals yesterday, counsel for Wike, Emmanuel Ukala, asked the court of appeal to rule in his favour on the ground that the tribunal was wrong in granting permission to inspect election materials without giving them adequate notice.
The counsel also argued that the court of appeal should hold that the tribunal has no power to sit in Abuja but in Rivers state where the disputed election was conducted.
The argument of the governorship lawyer was also canvases by Ife Dayo Adedipe, representing PDP at the court.
But in his opposition, counsel to APC and its governorship candidate, Akin Olujimi urged the court of appeal to dismiss the appeals on the ground that they lacked merit and substance.
Olujimi insisted that the tribunal was right in sitting in Abuja for security reasons and that the tribunal was also right in granting permission to the petitioners to inspect all the materials used for the disputed election and that the tribunal headed by Muazu Pindiga was properly constituted in line with the provisions of the law.
Justice Abubakar Yahaya, after hearing both parties, told them that a judgement date would be communicated to them.
Also in the Taraba governorship election tribunal in which issue of jurisdiction was canvassed, judgement has also been reserved.


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