Witnesses of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the disputed Akwa Ibom governorship election insisted yesterday that the election was free, fair and complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010.
The witnesses, who testified for the party and the state governor, Mr. Emmanuel Udom, maintained that election took place in the entire state and was largely peaceful, contrary to the claim of the petitioner.
Led in evidence by Mr. Paul Usoro, SAN, counsel to Governor Emmanuel Udom, the five witnesses who took their turn to testify yesterday corroborated each other on the sanctity of the election conducted on April 11, 2015.
In his testimony, Mr. Samuel Iyang told the Justice Sadiq Umar led tribunal that it was false that elections did not take place as alleged by the petitioner.
The witness told the tribunal that not only was the election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, it was peaceful and recorded a large turnout of voters.
However, under cross examination by counsel to the petitioner, Mr. Dayo Akinlaja, SAN, the witness insisted that there was no violence, prompting Akinlaja to present him with a police report which is an exhibit before the tribunal.
In the report, which the witness read to the tribunal, three people were said to have been murdered as reported to the police on the election day in the violence that erupted.
The tribunal however discountenanced the evidence on the police report on the ground that the witness was not the maker as stated by the counsel to the governor.
Meanwhile, reacting to statements by the Attorney General of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Umeh Nwoko that the All Progressives Congress, APC, in its case that was closed last Friday has shown that the elections substantially complied with the electoral act, counsel to the petitioner, Dayo Akinlaja said that his client will not join issues with the Attorney General.
However he expressed confidence that the tribunal which is the statutory body to determine any petition will do justice to his client’s case. Hearing continues today.

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