Dakuku Peterside, All Progressives Congress candidate in Rivers State challenging Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers
Capt. Garba Sani, a military officer, who monitored the April 11 governorship election in Rivers on Thursday told the state election tribunal that there was no election on April 11.
Sani, who led a deployment of the military during the election, told the governorship tribunal sitting in Abuja how his team encountered thugs everywhere they visited.
NAN reports that the appearance of the military at the tribunal to give evidence was followed by a subpoena issued by the tribunal at the instance of the two petitioners.
The APC and its candidate, Mr Dakuku Peterside, had approached the Justice Suleman Ambrosa led three-man tribunal, seeking the nullification of Governor Nyesom Wike’s election.
The tribunal was seeking nullification on the ground that the election was marked by irregularities and fraudulent practices.
Sani gave the testimony while being led in evidence by Counsel to the petitioners, Mr Akinlolu Olujimi, (SAN).
The witness also confirmed to the tribunal that the military was able arrest some of the armed thugs and handed them over to the Police for further actions.
“We arrived at Tai Local Government on April 10 to ascertain the level of security but we encountered thugs, over 200 in a particular place and some of them carrying machetes.
“I was able to arrest one of them with his cutlass and handed him over to policemen who came in an operational truck.
“There were a lot of road blocks mounted by thugs and as we are clearing one, the hoodlums were erecting in other places.
“Specifically, we had serious crisis in Nonwa Community on the election day. Some of the thugs came up and disrupted the electioneering processes. They carted away some election materials.”
“In the process of curtailing them, one Corporal by name Jelili was injured and we had …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper