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Alleged plot unearthed to intimidate Rivers witnesses

05 October 2015, 10:07

Rivers - The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged a plot by Governor Nyesom Wike and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to intimidate witnesses at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja.

The party reported such attempts were to be done through the traditional and new media to blackmail the APC.

APC Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, said Wike had run out of credible witnesses to present at the Tribunal.

“ As things stand at the moment, everything points to the fact that the Governor has been struggling to get witnesses to attest at the Tribunal under oath that elections held in Rivers State in substantial compliance with relevant laws of the land even when everything rather points to the opposite being the case.”

Also read: Rivers tribunal: Inspection of polling documents allowed

Finebone said speculations in the media that the two police officers Wike called at the Tribunal were arrested after their appearance as witnesses had been effectively debunked by the office of the Inspector-General of Police.

He said such speculation and unequivocally stated that no such arrests were made though there were untoward issues pointing at lack of due process in the subpoena of the two officers.

 “In the case of the DSS officer that was called as witness by Nyesom Wike yesterday, whatever shortcomings the DSS may have observed about the purported officer’s subpoena and any action it decided to take in that respect remains the exclusive responsibility of the DSS and could not have been externally influenced in any way and not the least by the APC.”

Finebone said the APC would like to advise Wike to concentrate on his efforts to procure “conscienceless persons with dubious backgrounds” to appear as witnesses for him rather than blame his alleged ill fortune on the APC.

“We continue to believe that the truth shall ultimately prevail over this matter and the good people of Rivers State shall rejoice, God willing for when the righteous rule the people rejoice.”

PDP had not commented on the allegations.

APC is contesting the election of Wike citing violence and vote rigging

- CAJ News


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