Delta Guber Tribunal: Okowa Drags His SSG To Bear Witness

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By Amos Igbebe
Delta State governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa Monday opened his defense in the  petition filed  at the  Delta State governorship election petition Tribunal sitting in Asaba, the state capital.
At the resumed hearing, Monday, Okowa’s witness, who is Secretary to the State Government,   Festus Ovie  Agas ,under examination, by  Okowa’s counsel, Mr. Alex Izyon (SAN), told the tribunal that  from the  election results from INEC records, that Okowa scored the highest votes cast during the election to emerge the winner at polls  in the state.
Agas said PDP victory in the governorship election did not come as a surprise because PDP has always won its elections in the state as the state is a PDP controlled state since 1999 to date, affirming that it was a continuation of a pattern of victory in Delta state politics.
He further stated that the victory of Okowa at the polls is a further confirmation of PDP dominance in Delta state political space, as PDP won 23 seats out of the 29 seats  of the state House of Assembly.
He told the tribunal that he cast his vote as a good citizen during the elections at Oteri town, in unit 1 of word 2/6 of Ughelli North local government area.
He said most of the political parties had their agents in the polling units where he followed the due process of INEC accreditation which culminated into his voting in the presence of all security agents deployed to man election.
He also told the tribunal that although, the card reader did not fail while he was being accredited to vote but that there were few instances where the card reader failed and the INEC  officials were instructed  by their  superiors  to resort to  the use of manual accreditations through the  use of the voters register, adding that PDP also won over whiningly in the Presidential election in the state.
Also, under examination by the  INEC , PDP and Okowa’s  counsels;  Dr.  Demain Dodo (SAN), Timothy Kehinde (SAN) and  Alex Izyon (SAN)  respectively, the first respondent witness Mr. Ikechukwu Akuzor, a local government collation officer for PDP,  told the tribunal  that he stood by all the depositions in his statement on oath.
He said from his observation during the governorship election in the state, election material and results he collected were not tampered with, adding that the result of the election was a true reflection of the wishes and aspiration of the Ndokwa people.
Meanwhile, the tribunal had earlier quashed an objection brought by APC and Otega’s counsel, Chief Thompson Okpoko challenging the moves by Counsel to Okowa, Mr. Izyion (SAN) to tender CTC of election results to the tribunal through the witnesses.
But the three man panel of tribunal chaired by  Justice Nasiru Gunmi held that sought to be tendered were relevant and will help to advance the course of justice in the matter.
The objection the petitioners were therefore over ruled while documents were admitted and marked as exhibits before the tribunal. Further hearing on the matter has been fixed for 15th September, 2015.

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