The Akwa Ibom High Court 2, sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital has set February 7, 2018, for the final determination and ruling in a case of violation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) guideline regarding the just concluded Local Government elections.
The plaintiff, Hon. Ubong Akai, who instituted the case against the incumbent Chairman of Esit Eket Local Government Area, Hon. Iniobong Robson, is seeking the determination of the Court as to whether the defendant (Robson) was eligible to contest the PDP primary of September 18, 2017.
The plaintiff’s counsel, Mr. Nsikak Akai, who spoke to reporters on the sideline of the Court yesterday, explained the particulars of the case, alleging that Robson violated the clause in PDP guidelines, which stipulates that “aspirants for the Local Government elections must resign his appointment 30 days before the primary”.
According to Akai,“we have evidence that Robson, who was the then transition or care-taker Chairman of Esit Eket failed to resign his appointment within the stipulated 30 days in the PDP guidelines”.
“He, Robson was still signing documents as at September 15, 2017, while the primary that produced him as the winner took place on September 18, 2017, which is a clear breach of the party guideline.
“So the plaintiff is challenging the eligibility of the Chairman, Mr. Iniobong Robson, that he was not originally qualified to stand the PDP nomination, that the Court should sack him and declare the person that came second in the contest as the rightful candidate for the exercise”, he stressed.
At the resumed hearing on Monday, the two parties through their respective Counsels: Mr. Nsikak Akai (for the plaintiff, Ubong Akai), Mr. Bassey Dan Abia (for the defendant, Iniobong Robson) and Mr. Goddy Umoh (for the PDP), made their final submissions in their written addresses before the Court.
The presiding Judge, Hon. Justice Ekaette Obot, after considering the arguments of the parties, adjourned the matter to February 7, 2018, for ruling.