Senatorial candidate weeps in court

Senatorial candidate weeps in court

A mild drama occurred at the Anambra State Election Tribunal on Friday when a lawyer, Mr . Nkem Ekweozor , broke into tears while handling a senatorial election matter .

Ekweozor , who was the candidate of the Mega Progressive Peoples Party in the January 13 Anambra senatorial rerun election, represented himself in a petition he filed against Senator Victor Umeh declared winner of the poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

But half way during his cross- examination of Umeh , Ekweozor could not continue as he lowered his face and began to cry , cleaning his face with a white handkerchief.

Noticing the situation , the chairman of the tribunal , Justice H . A . Olusiyi, asked , “ What is happening here ? You are crying . What for ? Oh , my God , a lawyer crying in court ? This is unusual . How will all these people in court see you? Do you think they will hire you tomorrow to defend them ? I have not seen a thing like this before; a lawyer crying in court ?

“ Counsel this not the right thing to do . We ( lawyers) are trained not to be emotional . This is not the final court ; if you don ’t get what you want here , you can go upstairs. Lawyers don ’t cry. ”

Responding , Ekweozor apologised for his outburst, saying , “ My Lord I ’m sorry for this. I was crying for justice. My opponents here want to intimate me . My lord, I am weeping for justice. I am sorry . ”

However , Umeh , who represents Anambra Central Senatorial district , denied that irregularities marred the election that made him a senator .

He stated this during a cross- examination at the tribunal , adding that the election was a walkover for him as he defeated his opponents overwhelmingly .

Ekweozor had, while cross- examining Umeh , accused him of screening himself to emerge the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance in 2014 when he was still the national chairman of the party .

But in his response , Umeh said he was not a member of the APGA screening committee during the exercise .

The matter was adjourned till July 12 for adoption of addresses.

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