Enugu guber: ‘We have no witness,’ INEC tells Tribunal

In a surprising turn of events, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) found itself unable to produce any witnesses to substantiate the legitimacy of the election that resulted in the victory of Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State. This unexpected development raises questions about the transparency and credibility of the electoral process. The absence of witnesses to defend the election outcome leaves room for speculation and further scrutiny, as stakeholders seek to ascertain the veracity of the governor’s mandate.

In a recent development, as reported by the esteemed Gist House, the Labour Party’s candidate, Chijioke Edeoga, has concluded his case in the ongoing challenge against Mbah’s electoral triumph.

Following the proceedings, the matter in question was subsequently adjourned to yesterday, Tuesday, thereby providing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the opportunity to present its defense. In a remarkable turn of events, the case was once again adjourned at the behest of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as it found itself unable to present any witnesses.

In a stunning turn of events, the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal convened in Enugu, only to find itself grappling with a conspicuous absence of witnesses from the commission. This unexpected development has left many observers perplexed and questioning the commission’s preparedness for the proceedings.

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In a stunning turn of events, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), under the guidance of its esteemed legal team headed by Humphrey Okoli, has made a resolute declaration before the court. It has been revealed that the commission, after careful deliberation, has chosen to abstain from presenting any witnesses in the ongoing proceedings.

According to Okoli, the imperative lies with the first respondent, INEC, to initiate the proceedings. In a momentous decision, it has been determined, following an exhaustive examination of the case at hand, that no witnesses shall be summoned, my esteemed audience.

In a display of legal strategy, Benjamin Nwosu, representing the esteemed People’s Democratic Party (PDP), along with Peter Mbah’s counsel, refrained from expressing opposition towards the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). In a highly anticipated move, it was widely expected that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would present their case as well.

In a display of unwavering resolve, the party has made clear its intention to present witnesses in defense of the contested governorship election results. However, the party has also acknowledged the need for additional time to gather and present these crucial witnesses before the tribunal.

In a strategic move, the counsel representing the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Nwosu, successfully convinced the tribunal to grant an adjournment of further proceedings in the case. Nwosu argued that he required an additional two hours to adequately prepare the defense, highlighting the fact that he had a total of four days at his disposal to present a robust argument.

As per the PDP’s legal representative, the party has expressed its intention to summon a maximum of nine witnesses in order to bolster their defense.

In a resolute statement, he expressed the inclination to present our case today. In a statement issued by the party in question, it has been indicated that a substantial amount of time, specifically two hours, will be required to adequately present their witnesses.

In a strategic move, Edeoga’s esteemed legal team, spearheaded by the highly respected Adegboyega Awomolo, Esq., tactfully refrained from opposing the application for an adjournment.

In light of the recent development, the tribunal has made the decision to postpone the case for a duration of two hours, allowing the concerned party ample time to present their initial witness. This crucial step is set to take place promptly at 11 am today, Wednesday.

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