Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has adjourned its sitting to Monday, (today) for INEC to continue its defence of the election of Governor Nyesom Wike.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Suleiman Ambrosa granted the request of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for an adjournment following the information that the lead counsel of INEC, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu ( SAN ) was indisposed.
Justice Ambrosa , however, did not grant INEC’S request for the extension of time, saying that the tribunal is racing for time, especially the adoption of written addresses and time for the tribunal to write its judgment.
The tribunal chairman ruled that aside Monday, September 21, INEC will also have September 28 and 29 to conclude its defence.
Earlier, Alex Ejesieme who held brief for Dr Ikpeazu informed the court that he got information of the health condition of the lead counsel by 10 am today. He said he had worked with Dr Ikpeazu all night preparing witnesses.
Counsel to the petitioner, Chief Akin Olujimi ( SAN ), counsel to Governor Nyesom Wike, Emmanuel Ukala ( SAN ) and counsel to the PDP, Chief Wole Olanipekun ( SAN ) did not object to the application.
INEC on Thursday tendered election materials, which included election results, card readers and manual voter registers, manual accreditation forms and other relevant documents.
Also on Thursday, Ebikoro Tebekaemi, INEC Electoral Officer for Obio/ Akpor LGA testified describing the election in his area of coverage as free, fair and credible.