PRINCE ERIC ASO VERSUS HON. DR. MIKE UKOHA: WHAT HAPPENED IN THE COURT

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The Tribunal hearing in a suit filed by Prince Eric Aso Kalu of the People’s Democratic Party against the declaration of Hon. Dr. Mike Ukoha as the winner of the Arochukwu State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly entered its second day as witnesses of PDP were cross examined.

These are the details of what happened in the court today August 22nd 2019.

Counsel to PDP/Prince Eric Aso Barrister Mike Onyeka: my lord continuing our matter, our next witness is Isaac Okoro

Witness: my name is Isaac Okoro from Amukwa Village Arochukwu in ward 2 I’m a farmer

INEC counsel Barrister Jerry Nwani: witness tell the court the name of your polling unit

Witness: it is 005 Amukwa square Arochukwu

What did the candidate you voted for scored

Witness: he scored 20 votes

Are you acquainted with INEC guidelines

Witness: yes sir

You are also very knowledgeable in the way INEC measures its activities

Witness: I don’t understand

Ok do you know how INEC calculate votes casted

Witness: yes sir

What happened when over voting is noticed in an election

Witness: you call your lawyer when it is noticed

Barrister Ike Tagbo: witness May I know your initials

Witness: I.J Okoro

Did you appear for your fellow party man?

Witness: yes sir

Barrister E.C. Etiaba: witness were you trained for the assignment you were given to

Witness: yes sir

Take a look at this result can you see the number of spoilt votes?

Witness: yes sir it is 3

Did you see the one that was cancelled and signed?

Witness: I can’t see it

Look at the obverse side total number of spoilt and accredited

Witness: 98 not 101

98 +3 is what

Witness: that is 101

My lord that will be all for the witness

Next witnesses tell the court your name: my name is Uche Okoro Ikeogu from Amahaba in Obiagwulu Ututu.

INEC counsel: witness you belong to PDP

Witness: yes

On the day of election you worked for the party

Witness: yes sir

E.C Etiaba: witness you were fully trained for the assignment and you do not have any problem with the result as announced by INEC

Witness: yes sir

That’s all for now my lord

Next witness: I’m Azuma Kalu Okeke from Ukwuakwu Ututu; I’m a farmer and trader

INEC counsel: witness what is the name of your polling unit

Witness: Mgbarogo Ukwuakwu 012

What did the candidate of your party scored?

Witness: He scored 167 votes

When was the date of the election?

It was on 9th March, 2019

E.C Etiaba: witness you were trained very well before the election

Witness: yes my lord

Take a look at this document, can you see anything

Do you in any way have problem with the way INEC conducted its election

Witness: no sir

Next witness: my name is Kalu Ogenna from Ukwuakwu Ututu

Ike Tagbo: witness who won the election in your polling unit

Witness: PDP

Are you having problem in that unit?

Witness: in unit 011 there was no problem during the election

What is the name of your polling unit?

Witness: Ukwuakwu hall or 011

When was the election held?

Witness: 9th March, 2019

E. C. Etiaba: witness you confirm your polling unit take a look at this document, confirm that the election was free and fair

Witness: it was free and fair

Presiding judge: witness is you satisfied with the result

Witness: satisfy about what

Presiding judge: do you think we are playing, show him the result, take a look at it are you satisfied

Witness: yes sir

Next witness: my name is Kalu Obasi Okwo from Amasa Ututu

INEC counsel: what do you say is your polling unit?

Witness: Amasa Ututu village hall

Which party won in your unit?

Witness: PDP

Are you satisfied in the conduct of election?

Witness: I am satisfied

What was the score of your party?

Witness: 55

When was the election?

Witness: 9th of March, 2019

Ike Tagbo: witness you have a triple name Kalu Obasi Okwo

Witness: yes sir

You belong to PDP

Witness: yes sir

E C. Etiaba: witness does it mean all that INEC did in Ututu is correct

Witness: yes sir

My lord that will be all

Barrister Mike Onyeka Counsel to PDP/Prince Eric Aso Kalu: my lord I humbly want to crave for an adjournment till tomorrow and we will probably be closing our case by then.

Presiding judge: Barrister Nwani any objection? Nil my lord

E.C Etiaba: my lord no objection but in line with the fact that they will be closing their case tomorrow…

Presiding judge: counsel to INEC come tomorrow with your witnesses

Counsel to INEC: my lord I need to intimate the witnesses very well before bringing them to court some of them are not around at the moment.

Presiding judge: when we see tomorrow

This hearing has been adjourned till Friday August 23rd 2019.         

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