Rivers Tribunal: Election Did Not Hold In Our Polling Units, Witnesses Say

Dakuku Peterside, APC Candidate
Dakuku Peterside, APC Candidate

Eight witnesses have told the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that the 2015 governorship election did not hold in their various polling units.

The witnesses told the tribunal that the March 28 presidential poll and April 11 governorship elections were characterised by irregularities.

They gave their testimonies during cross-examination by Counsels to the 1st respondent, INEC, 2nd respondent, Gov. Nyesom Wike and the 3rd respondent the PDP.

The News Agency of Nigeria, in a report, recalled that the APC and its candidate, Dr Dakuku Peterside had filed a petition before the tribunal seeking the nullification of the governorship election.

The party sought nullification of the poll on the ground that it was marked by irregularities and fraudulent practices.

Jack Tamunosaki, APC collation officer in Akukatalu LGA, said there was no election in the 13 polling units in Ward 12 where he monitored.

Tamunosaki also alleged that there was shooting and explosions in some of the polling units in Abolima.

 

The witness also claimed there was also no accreditation of voters during the governorship poll.

John Lekova-Kootte another collation officer who testified for the APC said result sheets were not declared openly at the centre.

He said that the election materials for the ward he supervised were moved to unknown destination by some PDP officials, adding that there was no collation at the centre.

Mactarlane Dimabo, Ibifagha Adiesigha and Tamuno Bristol, collation officers for wards 5, 6 and 12 respectively said that materials like ballot papers, result sheets and ballot boxes were not made public.

They alleged that hired thugs intimidating voters, adding that most of the INEC ad-hoc staff were card carrying members of the PDP.

They also alleged that the thugs, who, according to them, over powered policemen in the centres, beat APC party members.

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