JUST IN: Tribunal Slams INEC For Opposing Obi’s Move To Tender Electoral Documents From Rivers | #NwokeukwuMascot

Mr Peter Obi | Prof Mahmood Yakubu 

The lawyer representing the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Oluwakemi Pinheiro SAN on Friday tried creating a scene before the Presidential Election Petition Court sitting in Abuja when presidential candidate of the Labour party, Peter Obi rendered supplementary INEC Forms EC8As from Rivers State as exhibits.

But he was called to order by the presiding judges.

Obi’s legal team represented by Peter Afuba SAN had told the five-man panel of the court led by Justice Haruna Tsammani that he wanted to begin today’s proceedings by tendering the supplementary CTCs of INEC Forms EC8As for Rivers and Niger States before tendering the electoral materials in six states for today, namely, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Oyo, Edo, Lagos and Akwa Ibom states.

From the pre-hearing report of the court, parties earlier agreed and the court subsequently directed that lawyers will only object or oppose the tendering of any CTC of INEC documents but will reserve citing reasons for their objection till their written final address.

When Afuba was done, Pinheiro stood up, and objected to the tendering of the electoral materials.

He now went on to criticize in open court, the INEC Forms EC8As from Rivers saying “This documents are strange.”

But Justice Haruna Tsammani quickly interjected and asked why he was advancing his reasons for objection when it had been ordered by the court that the reasons for opposing tendering of INEC certified documents should be advanced in the written address of lawyers not at the point of tendering from the bar.

“Respect the rule of the court,” Justice Haruna Tsammani told him but Pinheiro went on by saying that it has ” been taken to the media that we are objecting our own documents.”

The panel moved away from him and asked Yusuf Ali SAN, the legal representation for the APC, his position on the supplementary electoral materials from Rivers State.


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