Ahead of today’s ruling on all appeals in the Umana Umana vs Udom Emmanuel governorship election, renowned legal practitioner, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Akwa Ibom State, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, has maintained for the umpteenth time that there will be no governorship rerun in Akwa Ibom State.
Speaking with Central Times newspaper in Uyo, Nwoko said he is very optimistic and positive that final ruling in the ongoing governorship battle would be given in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Governor Udom Emmanuel.
“I want to be quoted anywhere. I am saying without any equivocation that there will be no rerun in Akwa Ibom State. I’m saying this because our appeal against the judgenent of the tribunal will succeed. I’m very positive about this,” Nwoko said.
Earlier, on Tuesday, 8th December, 2015, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja heard a total of 5 appeals in the April 11, 2015 Akwa Ibom State Governorship Elections.
At the adoption of the brief of argument Umana Umana and APC were represented by Wole Olanipekun (SAN) , Udom Emmanuel and PDP had Damian Dodo (SAN) as counsel , PDP was represented by Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) while Onyeachi Ipaezu (SAN) represented INEC and the Resident Electoral Commissioner.
In the First Appeal, counsel to Udom Emmanuel, Dodo (SAN), while adopting his brief of argument, urged the court to set aside part of the judgment of the tribunal which nullified election in 18 out of the 31 Local Government Areas in Akwa Ibom State.
He urged the court to allow the appeal as being meritorious and affirm Udom Emmanuel as the duly elected Governor of the state. Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Counsel for Umana Umana also adopting his brief of argument and prayed the court to dismiss the appellant’s appeal for being unmeritorious.

In the second Appeal, INEC made a position that was seen to be in favour of both the PDP and Udom Emmanuel.
The electoral body, INEC, asked the court to set aside the decision of the tribunal which nullified election in 18 out of 31 LGA. In a brief of argument dated and filed on November 13, 2015 , Ipaezu (SAN) counsel to INEC, urged the court to grant the reliefs sought by the electoral body against Umana Umana and the APC. The 4th respondent conceded to the appeal.
The third appeal was filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against Umana Umana, Udom Emmanuel, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State and the Nigeria Police Force ( NPF).

Counsel to PDP, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN), adopted his appellant brief of argument dated and filed on November 13, 2015, and prayed the court to set aside parts of the judgement appealed against. He also adopted his reply to the preliminary objection of the first and 2nd respondents. He prayed the court to dismiss the respondents preliminary objection, allow the appeal and set aside part of the judgement of the lower tribunal which nullified election in 18 LGAs of Akwa Ibom state.
Olanipekun countered him while adopting his 1st and 2nd Respondent reply brief dated and filed on November 20,2015 and prayed the court to dismiss the appeal, and affirm the portion of the judgement of the lower tribunal being appealed against.
The fourth appeal was from Umana Umana and the APC vs Udom Emmanuel, PDP, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner Akwa Ibom state and the Nigeria Police Force. Olanipekun while adopting the appellants’ brief of argument , prayed the court to discountenance the arguments contained in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th respondent reply brief, allow the appeal and set aside the portion of the judgement of the lower tribunal which okayed the April 11, 2015 governorship election in 13 LGA ‘s in the state. All the Respondents urged the court to dismiss the appeal.
The court also heard an interlocutory appeal by Udom Emmanuel vs Umana Umana, APC, PDP, INEC, REC Akwa Ibom State, and NPF.
Olanipekun prayed the court while adopting his notice of objection in his 1st and 2nd Respondent reply brief of argument, to terminate the appeal on the preliminary objection.

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