The Bayelsa State Governorship Election Tribunal has ordered that the state’s Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Oborawharievwo Ewhrudjakpo appears before it on Thursday to produce the original copy of his disputed certificate.
The tribunal’s order is in furtherance of a subpoena earlier issued on Ewhrudjakpo to appear and produce the original of the exemption certificate issued to him in 1998 by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Although Ewhrudjakpo had, by a motion filed May 17, 2020 challenged the competence of the subpoena and prayed the tribunal to set it aside, his team of lawyers, led by Chukwuma Machukwu Ume (SAN), on Tuesday changed its mind and applied to withdraw the motion.
The lawyer said his client was no longer challenging the subpoena and was ready to attend the tribunal’s sitting.
Lawyers to the petitioner, PIus Dande Pius, and other parties in the case did not object to the application to withdraw the motion, challenging the subpoena.
Ruling, tribunal’s Chairman, Justice Ibrahim Sirajo struck out the motion and ordered Ewhrudjakpo’s appearance on Thursday.