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*By David Uka, Abakaliki*
Power failure in Court has disrupted proceedings at the National Assembly election petition tribunal’s pretrial sitting in Abakaliki the Ebonyi State capital.
The tribunal which was sitting in the premises of the State High court forced to adjourn the matter to a later date over the failure of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to supply power to the Court.
The tribunal is handling the suit filed by Chinedu Ogah of the All Progressives Congress against Lazarus Ogbe of the Peoples Democratic Party over Ezza South/Ikwo federal constituency.
The tribunal room which was filled to its capacity with supporters of both parties made the court room very unconducive as several period of waiting for the Electricity Distribution Company to restore power proved abortive.
It was gathered that the Generating set owned by the Court expected to have provided an alternative power source was also reported not functional.
Addressing the Court, the three man tribunal chaired by Justice, S.H. Aprioku, who apologized to the both parties said the Court was trying to fix its faulty Generating Set which also proved abortive.
After few minutes listening to the submission and prayers of counsel to the petitioner, the Chairman Justice Aprioku soughy the leave of counsels to both parties for a 15 minutes adjournment which was unanimously adopted because of the power outage stressing that the tribunal could not function properly in such a nonconducsive and stuffy court hall.
On reconvening, the tribunal Chairman, adjourned the hearing till Friday 17th May 2019 for continuation to enable the court fix the power problem in the complex considering the affect of the power outage.
Meanwhile, Ogah of the APC had petitioned the tribunal challenging the emergence of Ogbee of PDP in the House of Representatives elections held on February 16, 2019.
In the suit number EPT/EB/REP/01/2019 dated April,30, 2019, Ogah alleged gross irregularities against Ogbee, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Ogar, through his Counsel, Mba Ukwueni (SAN) alleged that the election was won by him, as he maintained that the authentic results announced by INEC at the polling units were changed at the ward level.