Awkaâ€”Mr Mike Okoye, the HDP petitioner at the Anambra Governorship Election Tribunal, has alleged that some unknown persons set his vehicle ablaze.
He said that the car, a Toyota Land Cruiser with registration number DE 99 APP, was set ablaze at the Monastery in Nsugbe, Oyi local council area of the state, where he had been lodging to attend the tribunalâ€™s sittings.
â€œMay I inform this honourable tribunal that at about 2:30 this morning (Friday), my vehicle was set ablaze by unknown men where I am staying.
â€œI have reported the matter to the police and I will not be deterred to continue my case in this tribunal,â€ he said.
The tribunal, led by Justice Pius Damulak, sympathised with Okoye.
The first respondent in the petition, Gov. Peter Obi, who earlier on Wednesday testified in defence of his victory and was present during Okoyeâ€™s statement, expressed surprise at the news.
The governor, after the tribunal adjourned the matter, rose from his sit to Okoyeâ€™s and had a brief conversation with him.
It was later gathered that the governor had shown compassion to Okoye and had promised to visit the scene of incident to assess the level of damage done.
Elaborating on the development in an interview with newsmen, Okoye said: â€œI woke up and saw my Toyota Land Cruiser Jeep on fire.
â€œWe had to call people and they tried as much as possible to see what they could salvage.
â€œI cannot be threatened or intimidated. Whoever has done that will not deter me from pursuing my cause,â€ he added.
Although, Okoye said the matter had been reported to the police, the Anambra Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka, said he was not aware of the development.
Meanwhile, parties in the matter have concluded their oral evidences and had proposed different days to submit their written addresses.
Counsel to INEC, Mr Suleyman Ibrahim, applied for 10 days, counsel to Obi applied for 20 days, while Okoye applied for three days, to submit their written addresses.
The tribunal gave all the parties 10 days to submit their addresses and adjourned till June 21 for the adoption of the addresses.