INEC rubbishes Peterside, says Wike won Rivers election

By Amako Nneji September 17, 2015 18:18

INEC rubbishes Peterside, says Wike won Rivers election

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has formally opened the process of defending the outcome of the contentious governorship election it conducted in Rivers State on April 11, 2015.

The Commission began the defence before the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja by producing one of its Electoral Officers, Ebikoru Tebekaemi, who conducted the election, to testify before the tribunal.

Testifying, Thursday, Tebekaemi told the Justice Suleiman Ambrusa-led tribunal that he was the electoral officer that supervised over the governorship poll at Obiakpor Local Government Area, LGA, in Rivers state.

Originally, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Rivers State, Dakuku Peterside, Wednesday told the State governorship election tribunal that the April 11 polls did not hold, as was
announced.

Peterside admitted that he actually voted at his Opobo/ Nkoro Local Government Area, but that few minutes after casting his votes, some hoodlums came and carted away election materials.

He tendered some documents including the reports of the international observers on the State governorship election, manual of electoral officials and result sheets which were accepted as exhibits by the tribunal.

The petitioner, who was led by his counsel, Akin Olujinmi, SAN, alleged that INEC simply allocated votes to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governor Nyesom Wike.

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

According to the APC gubernatorial candidate, the ruling of the tribunal would be one that would afford the Rivers people an opportunity to cast their votes for the candidate of their choice and their dream to have a Governor that will work for their interests.

    “A Governor who is truly committed to their yearnings and aspirations and I believe firmly that I stand as the candidate for the people,” he noted.

Earlier Peterside had demanded to inspect election materials before leading a protest to the INEC Headquarters in Abuja.

See: Activist warns APC to avoid upsetting Rivers electorate