Lagos – The All Progressives Congress alleged the
Independent Electoral Commission refused its governorship candidate in the
elections in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside, to conduct forensic examination
and analysis of election material.
The party said this was in defiance to three separate
orders of the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.
APC Rivers spokesman, Chris Finebone, said it was
unequivocally embedded that the INEC must allow and facilitate the forensic
examination of specified election material.
Finebone said by Tuesday September, the INEC represented
by its External Solicitor, Julius Mba, solicitors to the APC and those of the
PDP held a meeting where they set out the modalities for the inspection which
they scheduled to commence the next day.
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However, on Wednesday morning, Mba reportedly refused to
allow the scanning and cropping of ballot papers and other materials which are
at the centre of forensic examination.
“Consequent upon this glaring display of open
disobedience to Orders of Tribunal, the APC lawyers and agents withdrew from
the process as further participation would amount to legitimizing the
illegality that INEC has imposed on the exercise," said Finebone.
“We would like to urge the leadership of the INEC to
quickly regain its sense of reason and do the right thing as ordered by the
Tribunal without further delay.”
APC is challenging the election of PDP's Nyesom Wike as
governor. Allegations of violence and vote rigging marred the poll.
- CAJ News