The Governorship and Legislative Houses Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Calabar, Cross River State, yesterday, Wednesday, July 15, 2015, dismissed the motion filed by Regina Leonard Anyogo, the PDP member representing Yala I State Constituency in the Cross River State House of Assembly seeking for an order to throw out the petition filed by the All Progressives Congress candidate Angela Ogeyi Odey against Anyaogo’s return as the winner of the State Assembly elections held on April 11, 2015.
Anyaogo’s motion filed by her lawyers prayed that the Tribunal deem as abandoned, Odey’s prayers and accordingly dismiss her motion. In a ruling that was rendered in a 15 page document, lasting three hours, the Tribunal instead acceded to the argument of the Counsel to Odey, Okoi Obono-Obla that the Petitioner has shown zeal, diligence and commitment in the prosecution of her petition and so cannot under any stretch of imagination be adjudged to have abandoned their Petition. The Tribunal held that it would amount to a travesty of justice to hold otherwise.
The ruling, counsel to Angela Odey, Obono-Obla, wrote on his Facebook wall, “is the second time the Petition has survived spirited efforts by lawyers representing the Respondents to have it thrown out on technicality”. Attempts by www.calitown.com to speak with Anyaogo were unsuccessful at press time.
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