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Tribunal: INEC Defence Proves Guber Poll In Rivers Was Credible

Posted: Oct 19, 2015 at 3:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Daniel Abia

Port Harcourt

As the final judgment for the April 11, 2015 governorship election in Rivers State by the tribunal 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.