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Tribunal: INEC Defence Proves Governorship Poll In Rivers Was Credible

Posted: Oct 18, 2015 at 8:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Daniel Abia
As the final judgment for the April 11 governorship election in Rivers State by the trinbunal is being awaited, the combined defence of  the three respondents at the Rivers  State  Governorship Election Petition Tribunal have proved beyond doubts that the Rivers State Governorship Election held credibly  and in substantial compliance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines. 
The three respondents  called  40 witnesses  from over 15 Local  Government  Areas  of  the  three senatorial  districts of  Rivers  State  to indicate  their direct  participation  in  the  governorship election under peaceful  circumstances. 
Among  the  witnesses  were INEC  Presiding  Officers,  Local  Government  Electoral Officers, Senior  Security  Personnel who provided security  during  the  election, voters and INEC  National Commissioner.
The defence was  consolidated by the tendering of critical election  documents  such as accreditation  incident forms,  comprehensive  voters registers  and the  distribution /submission of governorship election forms.
The three respondents  through  their credible  defence proved that the petition  filed by the  defeated Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate,  Mr Dakuku  Peterside  was frivolous and lacked foundation  since the petition and his political  party  failed to  call Witnesses who participated  in  the  election. 
While the petitioner  restricted himself  to Collation Agents and hired security  personnel,  the Respondents called presiding  officers and voters who narrated to the tribunal  the entire Rivers State Governorship Election process.
In a statement by the media adviser to the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike alleged that the hired security  agents  called by the petitioner  admitted in open court that they were not at the polling  stations while the Assistant  Commissioner of Police, the Divisional Police Officer and the Rivers State DSS Election Commander called by the Respondents maintained  in open court that they were directly responsible  for  election  security and that the Rivers State Governorship Election was peaceful. 
As the petition  heads to  its closing  stages with the adoption of written addresses  scheduled  for  October 22, Nigerians  are not sufficiently aware that the Rivers State APC and her governorship  candidate  only embarked  on  lies and propaganda. 
The people of Rivers State made their choice on April 11, 2015 and that choice remains Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.