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Trouble Looms As Tribunal Strikes Out Bayelsa State Deputy Governor’s Appeal On Forged Certificate

The Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja has nuliffied the  application filed by the Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewrujakpor.

Naija New Understands that the application was dismissed by the tribunal which sought to bar the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the first respondent, from producing the alleged forged documents submitted to it by the deputy governor, 4th respondent.

The tribunal resumed for pre-hearing in a suit filed by the petitioner, Vijah Eldred Opuama, a governorship Candidate of Liberation Movement (LM) in the 2019 governorship election.

The Chairman of the tribunal, M. I Cirajo while striking out the application in his ruling, agreed with the submissions of Opuama’s lead lawyer, Pius Danba, that the practice of raising an objection in opposition to a subpoena was strange in law. Danba argued that INEC was a material witness and the document sought to be tendered by the commission was essential to establish the claims that the fourth respondent submitted false information and was not qualified to contest the poll.

 

The application which was struck out sought an order of the tribunal refusing the first arm of the petitioner’s application for the issuance of subpoena duces cum ad testificandum on Rukiya Na’ Uzo, INEC Deputy Director Legal, to tender the INEC Form CF001 submitted by the fourth respondent, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor.

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