Thursday, September 17

INEC Allocated Votes To Wike, Dakuku Tells Tribunal

INEC Allocated Votes To Wike, Dakuku Tells Tribunal

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, yesterday appeared before the State Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja to give evidence on the petition he filed at the tribunal.

Dakuku and his party dragged Governor Nyesom Wike before the tribunal to challenge his victory at the April 11 poll.

The APC governorship candidate took his turn in the witness box in the tribunal at about 5pm, where he told the tribunal that the April 11, 2015 election did not hold in the state.

Besides, in his evidence-in-chief, Peterside who was led by his lawyer, Akin Olujinmi (SAN) said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) simply allocated votes to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Nyesom Wike.

The APC candidate who said he voted at his Opobo/Nkoro local government area, told the tribunal that few minutes after casting his vote, some hoodlums came and carted away election materials.

He tendered some documents including the report of international observers on the Rivers governorship election, Manual of electoral officials, result sheets which were accepted as exhibits by the tribunal.

At the end of his evidence, Peterside said he had no doubt that the tribunal will do justice to his petition so that Rivers people can move ahead and work for the development of the state.

Also yesterday, the Nigerian Army continued their evidence at the tribunal with more revelations of how the April 11, 2015 governorship poll in state was characterised by sporadic shootings, killings and snatching of electoral materials perpetrated by cult groups and hoodlums.

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