Rivers Guber: Soldiers, policemen lied on oath, INEC witnesses claim


Dakuku Peterside, All Progressives Congress candidate in Rivers State challenging Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers
Eight witnesses for the INEC on Monday told the Rivers Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that the security men who testified for the APC all lied on oath before the tribunal.
The witnesses also told the tribunal during their cross examination by Counsel to the APC, Mr Akinlolu Olujimi that the security men were ignorant of the electoral processes at the polling unit.
It will be recalled that a total of 58 witnesses among who were soldiers, policemen and officials of State Security Services were called by the APC to prove the allegations that the April 11 governorship election in the state was marred with violence.
Some of the witnesses had testified that there was no election while some claimed that the election was disrupted by shooting of guns by some hoodlums and ballot snatching.
The witnesses further insisted that the elections was peaceful, credible and that all legal procedures for the election was also followed before the declaration of Gov. Nyesom Wike as the winner of the election.
All the witnesses who were presiding officers in five local government areas namely Degema, Gokana, Ogba /Egbema/Ndoni, Andoni and Opobo/Nkoro also added that the card readers and manual accreditation were used during the election.
Mr Derekunor Richmond, the Presiding Officer at Ward 4 Unit 10 described the soldiers who testified earlier as liars who were not at the polling unit.
He said that the governorship election was peaceful, credible and conducted in line with the Electoral Act and INEC guidelines.
He also pointing out that he met other presiding officers who participated in the collation exercise at the ward collation centre where results were compiled.
Another Presiding Officer, Nwachukwu Chimezie, who conducted election at Unit 9, Ward 14 of Degema, noted that the election …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper