S/Court Rules Today As APC’s Lobby For Postponement Fails
Desperate attempts by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Akwa Ibom State Obong Umana Umana in mounting pressure for the postponement of the supreme Court ruling on his case with Governor Udom Emmanuel of the PDP, has hit a dead end.
We can authoritatively confirm that not only will the briefs be admitted today at the apex court, but ruling will also be delivered.
Our investigations reveal that Umana surreptitiously approached high profile officials of the APC in Abuja, Lagos and was also seen in Kaduna in the last one week, where he is said to have pleaded with to use their positions and influence to pressurise on the supreme court to move the judgement on the election petition matter to a further date.
The ‘extra’ time was to afford opportunity for more people to approach and mount pressure on the supreme Court egg heads to help concede Akwa ibom to APC having failed to capture any of the other oil-rich south south states.
His contention was that if the supreme court is allowed to go ahead on February 3, 2016 for hearing in the matter, that the supreme court could follow its precedent in the Rivers state case by giving it’s ruling on the same day of the hearing, and not giving room for their lordships to be properly ‘briefed’ by the powers that be.
Umana had battled all through the week to secure the assurances of the supreme court justices that the case will tilt in the APC’s favour to no avail.
Umana had been directed to accompany a former senator and presidential aide Ita Enang to go through the Director General, Department of State Security Service (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura to put pressure on the CJN to defer judgement on the election matter to a future date due to a flimsy reason of national security concerns.
It was not clear if they were able to meet the no-nonsense CJN, however a highly placed source at the apex court has confirmed that top APC goons who sought to foolishly misguided the court had been rebuffed and the hearing of the case will still come up today as scheduled.
“If they are asking us to shift the ruling because of insecurity, are they saying that Yobe that people are dropping bombs everyday is safer than Akwa Ibom? My brother our oga has no time for those corrupt politicians and if they push him further, he won’t hesitate to expose all of them,” the source added.
All the cases so-far decided has been in favour of the incumbent governors as the apex court has dismissed the use of card readers as the only means of accreditation of voters before an election.
Mr Umana is urging the court to set aside the election of Mr Udom Emmanuel on the basis of failure to rely on card readers solely for the accreditation of voters.
Source: Global Pilot