THERE was a mild drama on Thursday at the Bayelsa State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal in Abuja when a petitioner suddenly changed its mind after sighting the state’s Deputy Governor Lawrence Oborawharievwo Ewhrudjakpo, whom he requested for to be a witness.
The tribunal had issued a subpoena on Ewhrudjakpo at the instance of the candidate of the Liberation Movement (LM) in the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa, Vijah Opuama.
The LM candidate is challenging Ewhrudjakpo’s qualification to stand for the election, alleging that he (Ewhrudjakpo) submitted a forged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) exemption certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the election.
On Tuesday, the tribunal ordered Ewhrudjakpo to appear before it after his lawyer, Chukwuma Machukwu Ume (SAN), withdrew his earlier application challenging the propriety of the subpoena and indicated that his client would appear before the tribunal.
At the mention of the case, the court was informed about Ewhrudjakpo’s presence in response to the subpoena served on him.