Lagos - The Rivers State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed reports the Election Petition Tribunal had struck out the motion on the eligibility of the All Progressives Congress’ Dakuku Peterside to contest the 2015 Governorship Election, as filed by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to State Chairman, Felix Obuah, said such reports carried in the media were “utterly false and misleading.”
Needam disclosed that the alleged false report emanated from Peterside “who in his characteristic of spreading falsehood had also misled the State on the ruling of the National Industrial Court sitting in Bayelsa.”
“The PDP notes with regret that Dakuku Peterside, who has penchant for spreading falsehood, was not at the Tribunal and did not witness the proceeding on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, when the ruling was delivered,” said Needam.
“The Tribunal gave a terse ruling and said it was adopting its earlier ruling delivered on Monday, July 27, 2015; that it is properly constituted and thus has jurisdiction to hear the matter,” Needam added.
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He said the rest of the grounds and issues, including the 21 days mandatory notice were not decided. In the opinion of the Tribunal, the motion will be heard alongside the petition proper.
Needam said the Tribunal did not rule on the motion of noncompliance with the mandatory 21 days notice as enshrined in the Electoral Act or the eligibility of Dakuku Peterside as governorship candidate of the APC.
“The motion is still alive before the Tribunal,” Needam maintained.
Needam said the reports were deliberate attempts by the APC to cause disaffection and undue anxiety in the State.
“Lies and propaganda have been the known antics of Mr. Dakuku and his master, Rotimi Amaechi," he said.
" But we sincerely bring to the notice of the people that such widely circulated and sponsored media report making the round on the purported striking out of Governor Wike’s application challenging the eligibility of Dakuku Peterside is completely false, misleading and an affront to the Tribunal.”
APC is contesting the election of Wike ahead of its candidate Peterside in April. According to electoral authorities, Wike attained 1 029 102 votes to Peterside's 124 896. APC believes the process was manipulated.
- CAJ News