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APC sees lighter side of Rivers poll probe

01 October 2015, 09:45Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress has provided some comic relief amid the tensions and drama characterising the probe into the conduct of the contentious election that catapulted Governor Nyesom Wike to power.

The inquest into the poll outcome the All Progressives Congress is disputing has been full of twists and turns-the latest in the series being seven defence witnesses brought by Wike's People's Democratic Congress, according to APC, feigning blindness.

APC has made the most of the drama.

It says its candidate, Dakuku Peterside, who lost the poll to Wike amid concerns of vote rigging and violence, must establish a specialist eye hospital in the state to tackle the menace of visual challenges as soon as he is sworn in to office.

APC hopes the poll tribunal will nullify Wike's election and order a re-run, which it is upbeat Peterside will win.

Following what has come to light at the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal where all seven defence witnesses of Wike reportedly complained of sight challenges and could not read their own statements, APC has urged Peterside to establish a specialist eye hospital in the state.

The party, obviously poking fun at the witnesses, said the facility would tackle the menace of visual challenges.

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“Some claimed they could not read their personal data information on their PVCs. This was to enable them dodge cross examination by the Lead Counsel to Dr. Dakuku Peterside," APC said.

Eventually, the judge ruled that witnesses must read documents as may be requested by the Tribunal or Counsels.

Information obtained suggests the cross examinations by Akin Olujimi, Counsel to Peterside, exposed a lot of inconsistencies in the assertions and statements of the Defence Witnesses.

For example, it is reported, when asked his age, one of the defence witnesses said he was 53 and has been voting from 1979.

"A simple calculation showed that he was not a witness of truth as he could not have been up to the voting age of 18 years by 1979," APC said.

The APC, in a non-comic conclusion nonetheless, was confident the poll tribunal would unseat Wike.

"No amount of theatricals and coaching by Wike’s lawyers will save the caretaker governor from being chased away from Government House, Port Harcourt by the time the Tribunal hands down its verdict." 

Results from the polls held in April suggest Wike comfortably won the governorship after polling 1 029 102 votes to Peterside's 124 896.

Citing some irregularities, international and local observers have previously called for the cancellation of the outcome

- CAJ News


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