The National Assembly Election Tribunal sits today, Monday 10 May, 2019 at Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital where the case between Senator Godswill Akpabio and Dr Christopher Ekpenyong comes up for hearing.
At the last adjourned date, the court was pre-occupied with the admission of evidence (documents) from the 3rd Respondent (INEC) which comprised of voters registers and other related documents and was thereupon adjourned to today for the completion of pre-trial.
In an interesting turn of events, today also apparently signals the dawn of the new reality to Chief Godswill Akpabio, Former Governor of Akwa Ibom state, former Senate Minority Leader and now former senator representing Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
It is a fact that since the commencement of the proceedings of the Tribunal, Akpabio has never attended court but has rather severally been linked to some boastful comments of confidence that he will reclaim his “stolen mandate” from the court. On the contrary, Dr Christopher Ekpenyong, who defeated at the elections has been present in court and has never missed a session since the commencement of the Tribunal’s sittings.
Chief Akpabio has just arrived the court in person, a clear indication that the boasts are now over and the senator is now ready to put up a fight for the last hours in his political career or sink in his boasts.
One may assume that the Outgone Senator has learnt his lessons, he boasted his way to the uncommon defeat at the elections, he did no compaigns, severally sighted in Abuja with PMB at the time, he said he could win on any party with no campaign but reality came on him as a thief in the night, he woke up to his defeat too late, it is therefore not unthinkable that he has now learnt to abandon the vituperation and come to the court, a humble loser seeking a second chance from the “merciful” judges.
But is the Tribunal really “merciful”, are the laws “merciful”, is the Tribunal where he should go to to seek “Mercy”? Is Akpabio truly repented when he claims to have the President of the Court of Appeal in his pocket? Is this another circus show? What will he say today? That he moved and did not defect? That he slipped and didn’t lose? We’ll hear him after court.
On the other hand, Dr Ekpenyong is not in court today, missing session for the first time, quite unlikely but indeed pardonable, he has always been and tomorrow, HE TAKES THE OATH OF OFFICE IN ABUJA AS THE SENATOR AKWA IBOM NORTH WEST SENATORIAL DISTRICT – Akpabio’s place, Ekpenyong from tomorrow SHALL take.
This the new normal. Let justice be done though heavens fall.
Courtesy: Itoro Noah