Labour Party, LP in Ebonyi State has withdrawn from the petition by its Governorship candidate in April 2015 election, Dr. Edward Nkwegu, challenging the victory of Governor Dave Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The party had filed a motion on notice asking the Tribunal to strike out its name on the petition on the ground that the petitioner failed to seek the consent of the party before instituting the petition.
The Tribunal in its ruling on Thursday struck out the party’s name from the petition as party no longer interested or looking forward for any right in the petition.
But LP, in a second request, asked the tribunal to strike out the petition for incompetence since it did not seek the consent of the party; the tribunal however held that there was no need since the party was not an interested party in the petition.
LP in another request asked the Tribunal to expunge names of the party’s agents from the petition but the Tribunal ruled that in as such much as the party has the right not to be part of the petition there would be no need for it to ask the Tribunal to strike out the names of the agents as tendered by the petitioner in the petition.
On the application by the petitioner, Dr. Nkwegu through his counsel, Chuma Ajaegbu seeking the permission of the Tribunal to tender additional 46 witnesses which counsels to the respondents objected, the Tribunal ruled that the petitioner had no right to do so, as he ought to have done that earlier in view of the limited time in which the Tribunal has to finalize the matter among other reasons.
Barr Ajaegbu, counsel to Dr. Nkwegu, while reacting to the ruling said the removal of LP’s name in the petition was a welcome development because according to him, the leadership of the party had been bought over, insisting that the party’s continuous involvement would have stalled the success of the petition.
However, the LP National Legal Adviser, Samuel Akingbade, in his response told newsmen that the party would weigh options and take a decision on the tribunal’s refusal to strike out names of the party’s agents in the petition.


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