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Rivers Tribunal: INEC, Witnesses Allege Soldiers Lied On Oath

Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 4:58 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia, P/Harcourt


Witnesses called by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday, September 28, 2015,  at the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal said that the soldiers and mobile policemen invited by the Rivers State All Progressive Congress (APC) lied on oath before  the tribunal because they did not come close to the polling units during the poll.

The witnesses said the security agents were unaware of the proceedings at the polling units where conventional  policemen provided security, with party agents and observers present.

The  witnesses  insisted before the  Justice  Suleiman Ambrosa-led tribunal that the  elections were peaceful,  credible to warrant the declaration of  Governor  Nyesom Wike as the winner  of  the election on April 11, 2015.

They added that card readers and manual accreditation were used during  the  election.

The eight INEC   witnesses  who testified  on Monday  were presiding  officers  in five local government  areas, namely Degema,  Gokana,  Ogba /Egbema / Ndoni,  Andoni  and Opobo/Nkoro.

The INEC witnesses were led in evidence by the  counsel  to  INEC, Onyechi Ikpeazu  (SAN ).

Derekunor Richmond, who served as Presiding Officer at  Ward 4 Unit 10 described the soldiers  who testified earlier as liars who were not at the polling unit.

He said that the governorship  election  was peaceful,  credible  and conducted in line with the  Electoral Act and INEC guidelines,  pointing  out  that  at the ward collation  centre, where results  were compiled,  he met other presiding officers who participated  in  the  collation  exercise.

Another  Presiding Officer,  Nwachukwu  Chimezie  who conducted  election  at Unit 9, Ward 14 of Degema  LGA  noted that the election  was peaceful and credible,  pointing  out  that  the  soldiers  and  mobile policemen  who testified  before  the  tribunal  lied on oath.

He said that Degema Local Government Area was peaceful on election day as he slept in the town on April 10, 2015 with no case of shooting  or thuggery  witnessed. He added that  all electoral procedures  were  followed  before  the  results were declared in the presence  of  party agents.