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Police Chief Disowns SP In Tribunal

Posted: Sep 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka


Mild drama ensued in the petition between Hon. Forte Dike of All Progressive Congress (APC) and Mr. Chudi Momah of all Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) against Hon. Emeka Anohu of the PDP on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, when a police witness was disowned by his Commissioner while testifying in the tribunal.

The police officer, Paul Okere, an Assistant Superintendent of Police and head of Political Bureau , State CID, had appeared before the tribunal claiming that he was representing the Commissioner, Hassan Karma, but midway into his testimony, another police officer, Hamza Adamu, an Inspector appeared in the tribunal disowning Okere.

They were to testify in respect of polls for Ihiala Federal Constituency in which Anohu was declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Okere had hardly presented duplicate copies of polling unit results for Uli ward I and Okija wards I, III and V, when Inspector Adamu walked in with a different story, saying that the commissioner never authorised Okere to represent the police in the petition before the tribunal or to tender any document.

Counsel to APGA, Mr A.C. Anaenugwu (SAN), had objected to the appearance of the police officer, contending that Okere had no authorisation from the police commissioner.

Anaenugwu equally opposed the admission of the documents as exhibits, noting that they were not listed or mentioned anywhere by the respondent in his replies to the petition.

The tribunal in its wisdom however temporarily admitted the documents pending the resolution of the various objections which would be taken at the final adoption of addresses.

Meanwhile, Mr. Peter Madubueze (APGA-Anambra East and West) whose victory is being contested by Comrade Tony Nwoye of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the same tribunal, insisted that he won the March, 28, 2015 House of Representatives election.

Madubueze, who was cross-examined by counsel to Nwoye and PDP G.C. Igbokwe, told the tribunal that Nwoye’s position that election did not hold in his strong areas was false.

Nwoye and his party, PDP, had filed the petition challenging the declaration of Madubueze, insisting that Nwoye won the poll based on his own calculations.

Nwoye had further alleged that election results in his stronghold of Nsugbe wards I and II were not added to the total result used by INEC to declare Madubueze as winner of the election.

However, during cross-examination by counsel to INEC, PDP and Nwoye, Madubueze maintained that the election was duly conducted in Anambra East and West Federal Constituency except in some polling units.

He responded to questions put to him: “All I know about the election at Nsugbe wards I and II are from the reports of my agents, electoral officer, records from forms EC8A2 and the report of INEC’s panel of enquiry.

“Election held in Anambra East and West local government areas except in Nsugbe ward I where election held only in one polling unit.

“During inspection of election materials ordered by the tribunal, it was discovered that voters’ register for Nsugbe Ward I was tampered to reflect accreditation for dead persons.

“There couldn’t be valid election where there was no accreditation as election materials including customized result sheets in those areas were snatched by hoodlums only to resurface as the petitioner’s exhibit in court,” he said.