Akwa Ibom Tribunal: APC drags election tribunal judge before NJC

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The Akwa Ibom State chairman of the All Progressive Congress Party (APC) Mr. Ini Okopido has dragged the National Assembly/ Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly Elections Petitions Tribunal sitting in Oyo , Justice Jennifer Ijohor before  the National Judiciary Council (NJC).

The APC and its candidates in the petition dated September 9, 2019 and  addressed to the NJC chairman, Justice Ibrahim  Tanko Muhammad accused Justice Ijohor of bias, corruption and vengeance as displayed  in the Judgement delivered against them.

They also wondered why the judge refused to recused herself even after the panel was disbanded and a new panel set up the President of Court of Appeal folllowing petitions against her.

Wondering why a judge would select the petitions to deliver judgement having recused self in others, the petitioners called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria to sanction the erring judge.

The petitioners expressed concern with the unholy alliance of Justice Ijohor with the Akwa Ibom State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP, led government as exhibited on September 5,2019 where  she announced to all the parties  in an open court that the judgement in petition numbers: EPT/AKS/HR/03/2019, EPT/AKS/HR/05/2019 and EPT/AKS/HR/28/2019 were not ready and that date will be communicated to them.

The petitioners said they were surprised that when the APC lawyers left, the judge reconvened and delivered judgement in all the three cases.

“After the delivery of the ill-fated judgements by justice Ijohor they horridly packed their belongings into a tinted vehicle which drove them out in a convoy belonging to the state government.

“The convoy which was driven in a commando style took the three Justices to Ibom Airport, and only to be ushered into a waiting chartered aircraft”.

The petition further enumerated that:  “In a Petition No: EPT/ AKS/ SEN/ 01/ 2019 between Hon Bassey Etim , APC vs Sen Bassey Akpan, PDP & INEC they  put forward the case that Senator Bassey Akpan forged his age declaration which led him to be elected a senator.

According to them, the senator equally admitted that there was a discrepancy as to the affidavit of his age declaration.

“He never submitted any other age declaration other than the forged age declaration to show his actual age and place of birth as required by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

“Senator Akpan also contested election with the wife’s purported school certificate and admitted same. He was equally indicted by the federal administrative panel of enquiry but denied in form CF001.

“The petitioners sent further Supreme Court Authorities to the Panel stating that, the Supreme Court has declared further in the case of ABDOULRAUF ABDULKADRI MODIBBO VS MUSTAPHA USMAN & 2ORS delivered on the 30th July, 2019 PER EJEMBI EKO, JSC at page 25 – 28 thus and I coat “Forgery after all, consist of the making of false document or writing, knowing same to be false with intent to deceive or that it may be regarded or used as genuine. This was ignored by the Panel”.

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