A Lawyer, Chief #Wole Olanipekun (SAN), representing the All Progressives Congress and its governorship election candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Akwa Ibom #State, Umana Umana, has slammed the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election, #Udom Emmanuel, to file a suit seeking the return of the state election #tribunal back to Uyo, the state capital.
The Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate in the April 11, 2015 governorship election, #Udom Emmanuel, whose victory at the poll is being challenged at the tribunal, had through an application filed on June 7, 2015 prayed the tribunal to return to Uyo where it held its inaugural sitting before the decision to relocate it to Abuja, The Punch reported.
However, in strong reaction to the petition, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) argued that the applicant’s reliance on an earlier decision of the #Court of Appeal to the effect that a tribunal must only sit where the election was held was wrong .
He said the case relied upon by the applicants was decided in 2005 under the 2002 Electoral Act and before the constitution was amended.
Olanipekun, who argued that the motion was an abuse of court process and should be dismissed, drew the tribunals’ attention to a similar suit before the #Federal High Court, Uyo, involving the #PDP and which is also challenging the #relocation of the tribunal to Abuja.
He noted that the suit marked: FHC/UY/CS/1107/2015 was filed on June 10, 2015 by Udoh Akpan and 25 others against the #President of the Court of Appeal and four others.
Responding to the argument by the applicant’s lawyer, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) to the effect that the relocation was an administrative action, Olanipekun faulted the manner adopted by #Emmanuel to challenge the relocation.
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