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INEC disagrees with Army on Rivers governorship election

29 September 2015, 13:02

Port Harcourt - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday disagreed with the Nigerian Army on the conduct of the April 11 governorship election in Rivers State, reports Thisday.

The commission told the Rivers State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja that the Army lied when it claimed that there was no election in the state.

Some top officials of the army had in their separate testimonies before the tribunal, insisted that the governorship poll in Rivers State was marred by widespread violence and irregularities.

Also read: Amaechi claims that there was no election in Rivers State

But INEC told the tribunal that the army, in its efforts to discredit the outcome of the election, sent soldiers that gave false evidence before the panel.

At the resumed hearing on the petition by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, INEC produced eight witnesses that contradicted the evidence by the Nigerian Army.

The witnesses also told the tribunal during their cross examination by Counsel to the APC, Akinlolu Olujimi that the security men were ignorant of the electoral processes at the polling unit.

Also read: Thisday.

- News 24


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