The Legal team of Senator Godswill Akpabio (APC – Akwa Ibom Northwest) has finally inspected election materials used during the last election.
On Tuesday, Akpabio’s team of lawyers led by Patrick Umoh was at the state headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Udo Udoma Avenue, Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
Umoh had accused INEC of preventing them from accessing and inspecting the materials.
But INEC fired back and called him a liar
Barrister Ekom Nwoko, one of the lawyers representing the PDP at the Tribunal, was present at the INEC office.
Nwoko disclosed that the PDP and the first respondent, Dr. Christopher Ekpenyong have filed a motion for the Tribunal to set aside some reliefs granted exparte at the Tribunal, especially forensic examination of election materials.
Nwoko said: “Our motion is premised on section 151 of the Electoral Act, and inspection of Electoral materials does not cover forensic examination of materials.
“That is the premise of our motion. And likely, the motion will come up next week, but we have not got a date yet”
Speaking, Public Affairs Officer of INEC, Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Don Etukudo, told The Nation: ”The legal team of the APC started the process of inspection of the election materials when we took them to the Strong Room and they saw the materials.
“What the APC legal team has been able to do today is to bring out the election materials for all the ten local government areas. By tomorrow (Wednesday) they will start the actual inspection of the materials. They will start with Abak, Etim Ekpo and Ika local government areas.”