Ex-minister of Aviation, Ms Stella Oduah, was all smiles yesterday following the dismissal of a petition challenging her victory as a senator representing Anambra North, in the Senate.
The Legislative Election Petitions Tribunal for Anambra, presided over by Justice Hezekiah Solanke, dismissed a motion brought by Dubem Obaze that sought to tender 45 volumes of documents in the petition challenging Oduah’s victory in the March 28 National Assembly election.
The petitioner and his party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, are challenging Oduah’s victory allegedly on the grounds of electoral fraud in the March 28 polls.
But the three-man panel headed by Justice Solanke dismissed the motion asserting that it was “unnecessary”.
The petitioner and the APC had sought to present the documents, which contained the voter registers used for the conduct of the senatorial election in Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru local government areas.
Reading the verdict yesterday, the panel said, “We are puzzled at the rationale of the motion as we find it difficult to accept the petitioner’s intention in frontloading the documents.
“The application is unnecessary and has only succeeded in delaying the time of this tribunal,” Solanke said even as the parties in the petition have agreed on the number of witnesses to provide in proving their cases.
The petitioner’s counsel, Chike Onyemenam, SAN, Mrs. Oduah’s counsel, Osita Nnadi, SAN, and PDP counsel, Chuma Oguejiofor, all agreed to invite 15 witnesses each when hearing commences, INEC counsel, Jude Nnodum, SAN, said he would invite 11 witnesses.
Justice Solanke adjourned the petition till August 3, for the commencement of hearing and hearing of issues for determination.
At the last sitting of July 14, the respondents’ counsel vehemently objected to the motion filed by Onyemenam on behalf of his client. NAN

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