As the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Petition Tribunal resumes its pre-trial, the Petitioner Nsima Ekere has again asked to be allowed to make corrections to his petition.
Ekere through his counsel had asked the court to allow him to replace the petition which had some errors with a clean copy.
This is coming after the petitioner had earlier asked the Tribunal to extend the pre-trial period to allow him obtain documents and file responses to the respondents’ applications.
Counsel to the Respondents, Chief Assam Assam, SAN for the 1st Respondent, Uko Udom, SAN for the 2nd Respondent and Offiong Offiong, SAN for the 3rd Respondent were unanimous in their position that they would not oppose the application of the Petitioner except that he cannot predicate his prayers on unsubstantiated allegations against Respondents.
The court had yielded to the prayers of the Petitioner and extended the pre-trial period to June 21, 2019 for completion of pre-trial. The court had however frowned seriously at the application of the Petitioner.
At the resumed pr-trial on Friday, the petitioner again prayed the court to allow that the initial copy of the petition be substituted with a clean copy.
Should the court grant the leave to effect this replacement, this would be the second time petitioner would be effecting corrections to his petition.