There was a mild drama yesterday, Wednesday, September 16, at the Akwa Ibom National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja.
This Day reports that one of the witnesses of the former governor Godswill Akpabio, Stanley Annah, from Ikot Ekpene, suddenly became blind. Annah, a supposed graduate of agriculture, had told the election tribunal that the election was held in all polling units of the council.
However, when it was time for Annah to read out the total number of accredited voters based on the card reader for Ikot Ekpene on exhibit P19, he went blind. He said: ‘I can’t see anything, I can’t read.”
This caused the election tribunal ask him if he was truly a graduate. He answered in the affirmative but went on to say that he still could not read the figures in the document. He also went on to say that he did not have an idea of the number of polling units in Ikot Ekpene. However, after several minutes of trying to dodge the questions, he reluctantly read out 22,761 as the total number of accredited voters for Ikot Ekpene.
The counsel to the 1st respondent, Offiong Offiong, SAN, urged the court to protect witnesses from vigorous cross examination from the petitioners’ counsel, Chief Assam Assam, SAN. The tribunal chairman, in response to him explained that it is their duty to answer questions posed to them at cross examination while the tribunal will only not down those who claim in their statement on oath that they are graduates but pretend they cannot read when in the witness box.
Meanwhile, Godswill Akpabio, ex-governor of Akwa Ibom state, who now serves as Nigerian senator, recently faced serious embarrassment at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a luxury five-star hotel in the Knightsbridge area of London.
Naij news – culled from: https://www.naij.com/553300-drama-akpabios-witness-goes-blind-akwa-ibom-election-tribunal.html