Rivers Guber: Tribunal dismisses APC’s application for forensic scanning


Dakuku Peterside, All Progressives Congress candidate in Rivers State
The Rivers Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Friday, dismissed an application by APC to scan and crop all the materials used for 2015 governorship election in the State.
NAN reports that the APC and its candidate in the April 11 governorship election, Mr Dakuku Peterside, are seeking the nullification of the election of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers.
APC and Peterside are alleging that the election was characterised by irregularities and fraudulent practices.
They sought to inspect all the materials used for the election to prove allegations of falsification and allotment of votes for Wike.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Muazu Pindiga, had on June 11 granted APC the leave to inspect the materials used in the election.
But the APC had also applied for cropping and scanning of election materials before the Court of Appeal which will be sitting on Monday, August 31.
According to Pindiga, the fresh application by the APC is an abuse of the court process after it had ruled on a similar application on June11.
The APC had alleged that INEC, the 1st respondent had denied it access to carry out the order of June 11.
This APC explained that this necessitated a fresh application for scanning and cropping by forensic experts.
Pindiga said the tribunal, having gone through the submissions of the parties in the matter, holds that the fresh application by the APC had been overtaken by event.
“Although Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution provides for fair hearing of individual right, the motion for cropping, scanning of materials through forensic expert is hereby discountenanced and dismissed,” Pindiga said.
The chairman held that the earlier ruling on inspection of election material still subsists.
Meanwhile, Counsel to the APC, Mr Akinlolu Olujimi (SAN), said his client had over 1000 witnesses.
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Source:: PM Newspaper