Governor Adams Oshiomhole
Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
It was a show of drama Thursday at the resumed hearing of the Edo State Election Petitions Tribunal as Governor Adams Oshiomhole queried General Charles Aihiavbere’s credibility to question his qualification.
Counsel to Oshiomhole had attacked Aihiavbere as he mounted the witness box, telling him that he was detained for three months while in the Army for questionable conduct.
Airhiavbere had taken Oshiomhole to the tribunal over the July 14 gubernatorial election in the state alleging that the he does not possess the requisite academic qualifications and that the election was fraught with irregularities.
At the resumed hearing yesterday, the tribunal admitted two documents: the Western Region of Nigeria Gazette No 17, Volume 5 of April 5, 1956 and the Tribune Newspaper of July 12, 2012 as exhibits.
The Gazette admitted in exhibit provides that a child must attain the minimum age of six years before being admitted into primary school.
Airhiavbere who was the sole witness of the plaintiffs, under cross-examination, initially refused to acknowledge the fact that Oshiomhole had certificates which he referred to as ‘documents.’
However, under further cross-examination, he admitted that Oshiomhole indeed had certificates which he was compelled to readout in the open tribunal by Ken Mozia, SAN, counsel to the 2nd respondent.
Oshiomhole also queried Airhiavbere’s credibility as a witness and told the tribunal that he was detained for three months for questionable conduct which necessitated his compulsory retirement.
The plaintiff however insisted that he served the Army meritorious for 37 years before retirement.
The tribunal presided over by Justice Muazu Pindiga adjourned the matter till Wednesday, December 5 for the respondents to call their witnesses.