The Akwa-Ibom State National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, sitting in Abuja, yesterday entertained two witnesses in defence of the election of Senator Godswill Akpabio, (PDP-Akwa-Ibom North-West).
At the resumed hearing of the case, Counsel to Akpabio, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), told the tribunal that the first respondent intended to call 25 witnesses.
One of the witnesses, Prof. Adewale Ladipo, who is the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said Akpabio won the party’s primaries for Akwa-Ibom North-West Senatorial District. “The PDP sponsored Chief Godswill Akpabio for Akwa-Ibom North-West Senatorial District election and he won with a very wide margin. Also, I am aware that parties submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, forms indicating the list of names for contestants and Akpabio`s name was among. INEC did not complain that we misled it,’’ he said.
In his testimony, the second witness, Mr. Olatunji Oshuntokun, who supervised the PDP primaries in Akwa Ibom North-West and South Senatorial districts, said the elections were conducted in a peaceful atmosphere. Oshuntokun added that they were free and fair and that Akpabio won the Akwa Ibom North-West primary election.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Inibehe Okori, and his party had taken Akpabio, the PDP and INEC to court over the outcome of the election.
The Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Goddy Anunihu, adjourned sitting to September 10, to enable Akpabio produce other witnesses

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