The Deputy Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, Dr Ita Udosen, has raised alarm over a threat to his life for testifying at the governorship elections petitions tribunal sitting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Udosen, who appeared as Witness of the APC in the case between Obong Nsima Ekere of the APC and Governor Udom Emmanuel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), alleged that after testifying against the PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Wednesday, an anonymous mobile phone user with the number 08135884959 texted him, saying, “for testifying at the tribunal, prepare for your obituary.”
Presenting the matter before the tribunal, Counsel to the petitioner, J. S. Okutepa called for investigation, and decried that the development does not augur well for the interest of justice.
He implored security agents to ensure that perpetrators of the crime are brought to book.
Okutepa expressed concern over the safety of all the witnesses of the APC in the case.
Counsel to Governor Emmanuel (1st Respondent), Assam Assam faulted the petitioner for “drawing conclusions” on the matter, but noted that the complaint be channeled to the security agencies, not tribunal.
The Tribunal Chairman, A. W. Yakubu, in his response, said the panel has taken note of the said threat.
He reiterated the tribunal’s commitment to ensuring that safety of the petitioner and respondents’ is guaranteed.
“When the witness are not safe, the tribunal is not safe”, Yakubu added.
The tribunal was adjourned to Tuesday, July 16, 2019.
Bar. Imo Akpan