The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, closed its defense in the petition of Chief Ekene Enefe of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) against Rep. Vincent Ofumelu of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Enefe in a petition, EPT/AN/HR/02/2019 sought voidance of Ofumelu’s victory on the Februry 23, 2019 election for Oyi/Anayamelu Federal Constituency. Those joined in the petition were PDP, INEC, Returning Officer for constituency and the two Electoral Officers for Oyi and Anyamelu local government areas.
Onuora Mbanefo, counsel to INEC, at the resumed hearing, said he was adopting all witnesses that have appeared for the defense so far and their testimony, and demanded for closure of the case.
First respondent, Ofumelu, represented by his counsel, Onyechi Ononye, welcomed the development and prayed the court to grant him seven days to prepare and file his written address and other briefs including a similar one for another petition.
Enefe was represented at the sitting by Valentine Asuzu Esq. But Chairman of the Tribunal, Hon. Justice Esther Haruna, announced that the tribunal was in a race against time and would not accede to such prayer.
He urged the defense to file their address in five days, adding that the petition should reply in another five day from then.
The Judge adjourned the matter to August10, 2019 for adoption of the addresses.