The National Assembly election petitions tribunal sitting in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State was on Monday thrown into darkness.
This stalled the work of the tribunal handling the suit filled by Chinedu Ogar of the All Progressives Congress against Lazarus Ogbe of the Peoples Democratic Party over Ezza South/Ikwo Federal Constituency.
The tribunal was thus forced to adjourn its pre-trial session to a later date.
Enugu Electricity Distribution Company covers Ebonyi State.
The power generating set owned by the court, expected to have provided alternative power source, was also reported to have been faulty.
The tribunal, which was scheduled to commence sitting by 11am, delayed it till around 1pm in the hall, which was filled to capacity.
Our Correspondent learnt the delay came in the process of the court trying to fix its faulty power generating set, which also proved abortive.
The tribunal Chairman, Justice S.H. Aprioku, addressing the Court maintained that the tribunal could not function properly in such a nonconductive and stuffy court hall.
Aprioku therefore adjourned sitting to May 17, 2019.
Recall that Ogar of the APC had petitioned the tribunal challenging the emergence of Ogbee of PDP in the House of Representatives elections held on February 23, 2019.
In the suit, number EPT/EB/REP/01/2019, dated April,30, 2019, Ogar alleged gross irregularities principally against Ogbee, his party and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Ogar, through his Counsel, Mba Ukwueni (SAN), stated that the election was won by him, alleging that the result announced by INEC was different from the actual results gathered from the field.
The Tribunal Chairman after listening to the submission and prayers of counsel to the petitioner sought the leave of counsels to both parties for a 15 minutes recess, which was unanimously adopted owing to the power outage.
Our correspondent observed that within the period of the brief recess, power was restored at the complex, which prompted the tribunal to reconvene.
Meanwhile, just as the tribunal was about to commence sitting, the power went off again, leaving the hall totally unfriendly.
At that point, the tribunal Chairman, who was visibly uncomfortable, adjourned the hearing to enable the Court fix the power problems before the next sitting.
The development, however, left many party faithfuls and other observers utterly disappointed.