Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Drama over Falsification as tribunal strikes out Esor Vs Sandy's electoral case.

Bar. Joseph Oloko, head of legal team for Mr. Solomon Esor, the SDP Senatorial
candidate for Cross River Central, in the just concluded General elections has raised concerns over the falsehood being peddled by one Modlin Odu, media aide of the Caterpillar Movement shortly after the  Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Calabar, at the instance of Esor, struck out Petition No: EPT/CAL/02/2019; case between Solomon Idor Esor, the Social Democratic Party, SDP (Petitioners) AND Sandy Ojang Onor, Independent National Electoral Commission, Resident Electoral Commissioner, Cross River State (Defendants).

Speaking exclusively with TDN, Bar. Oloko lamented that he was 
misrepresented by Miss Odu as there was no where he told the court that his
client has accepted the outcome of the elections.

Oloko accepted to the fact that his client had requested for a withdrawal of the case but expressed displeasure at the misrepresentation of fact carried out by the media team of Sandy Onor.

In his words; "Yes the petition have been withdrawn but the grounds she has stated are not the grounds we presented before the court.

"...even my client is very embarrassed. In the last paragraph of her write up she said my client congratulated Sandy and all that. Did she see my client in the tribunal? I never said any of those things she published.

"Those two grounds she published are far, very very far from what is before
the court. What is before the court is that my client will not be disposed to prosecute his case because he will be traveling oversees to meet his family and to go for his further studies. Does that reflect anything that she wrote there? How does that relate to what she wrote there?" He queried.

Oloko who said he was pained by the distortion of facts doubted the proficiency of Miss Odu while he demanded for an apology.

"It's painful for someone to make allusions to things that do not exist.
I am very convinced that this is not how Journalism is practiced and she has cast
doubts on her proficiency and I am sure the responsible people she is working with did not send her to misinform the public."

"We demand a public apology, published in the same online platforms that she used for this caricature. " Oloko insisted.

When contacted, Miss Odu informed that she was instructed to make the publication the way she wrote it and she never sat down to pen down her words but what she was given and instructed to publish.

"What I wrote is what I was directed to write its not as if I sat down on my
own and penned down those words.
Because the DG has the court documents and gave me those reasons why they are dropping the case". She said.

She however, insisted that she was in the courtroom and heard the four reason Oloko gave the court and those where the same reasons her boss gave her to publish. she decided to publish only two because, to her the other two were not  strong enough reasons for Esor to want to drop his case.

"There are four reasons but I decided to pick two because the other ones to me where not strong enough reasons for someone to drop a case. How can someone say he is dropping a case because he is traveling abroad to go see his family and all that?" She queried

"If he has any issue with my publication he should call my boss". Odu concluded.

While TDN makes effort to lay hands on the document before the court as regards withdrawal of the case by Esor, Bar. Oloko is still insisting that he presented just one reason before the court, which is his client traveling out of the country for family and studies.