A mild drama occurred at the Anambra State Election Tribunal on Friday when a lawyer, 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. 

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"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 intimidate 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.

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