By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN—The numbering of two appeals lodged by the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, in the July 14, Edo State election, challenging the declaration of Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, as winner of the election, stalled further hearing in the appeal, yesterday.
Airhiavbere in the appeal, is challenging the ruling of the governorship election petition tribunal, which refused his plea to produce additional witnesses in the prosecution of his petition.
During the sitting, counsel to Oshiomhole, Chief Wole Olanikpekun, SAN, observed that the two appeals as were made available to them by the appellant were numbered 330 each, arguing that there were obvious discrepancies in the recording of the appeal and contended that it would be difficult for the court to hear the appeal since they have two appeals with the same number.
Counsel to Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Chief Austin Aleghe, SAN, agreed with Olanikpekun.
Counsel to Airhiavbere, Mr Efe Akpofure, SAN, disagreed arguing “there is no confusion here. Both notices of appeal were filed the same day, no body is misleading the court. The record before the court is numbered 320 and urged the court to hear the matter.”
Ruling, presiding judge, Justice Helen Ogunwuniju, acknowledged the confusion in the numbering of the two appeals and order Airhiavbere’s counsel to compile fresh records before the appeal can be heard.