INEC chairman appears at Edo poll tribunal Friday

Published January 13, 2021

Adeyinka Adedipe , Benin
THE Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission , Prof . Mahmood Yakubu , will on Friday appear at the Edo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Benin to testify , based on subpoena in a petition by Action Peoples Party.
The Justice Yunusa Musa- led three -member tribunal , on Tuesday heard the petitions of APP ; the governorship candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party, Tracy Agol ; and Allied Peoples Movement , while today ( Wednesday ) would be for the commencement of hearing in the petition by the Action Democratic Party and its governorship candidate , Iboi Emmanuel .
Agol and a witness in her petition , Tawakalitu Umoru , testified on Tuesday at the tribunal and they were cross -examined by the lead counsel to the respondents .
The lead counsel to APP , Segun Fiki , at Tuesday ’s hearing , hailed the judges of the tribunal for signing on Monday the subpoena that he applied for on December 10 last year , which would be served on INEC’ s chairman in Abuja , to compel his appearance in Benin .
The lead counsel for Edo Governor , Godwin Obaseki, Ken Mozia , SAN , and the lead counsel for INEC, O. Osazee , did not oppose the application for adjournment , but counsel for the Peoples Democratic Party, Emeka Etiaba, SAN, raised objection to the application .

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