Supreme Court adjourns hearing in case against Governor Akpabio’s election

Godswill Akpabio
Godswill Akpabio

The Supreme Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing in the case against the election of Governor Godswill Akpabio to January 7, 2015.

The case was filed by Frank Okon against Mr. Akpabio, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to protest against his alleged wrongful exclusion from the rescheduled January 15, 2011 primaries in which the governor was selected as the party’s flag bearer.

Wednesday was fixed by the court for the adoption of briefs by parties to the case before the final judgment.

But at the resumed sitting, counsel to Mr. Akpabio, Paul Usoro, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had requested the court to allow him amend his earlier brief dated December 2, 2014, by substituting it with a fresh brief in response to the submission by the appellant.

To enable him file the fresh brief, Mr. Usoro asked for a brief extension of the hearing for a minimum of two days.

However, the court in its ruling granted the request by giving Mr. Usoro seven days to clean up the brief and conclude the filings.

Mr. Okon’s legal representative and counsel to the PDP did not object to the application.

Consequently, the case was adjourned to January 7, 2015, for the adoption of the briefs.

Shortly after the adjournment, Mr. Okon told his supporters that he was confident that the decision of the court was the best, as all parties would have enough time to file all documents to avoid unnecessary delays during the resume hearing in January.

He advised the people of the state to continue to invest their hope in the court as the last hope of the common man, assuring them that the course of justice would be served in due time.‎

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